Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders in the courtroom hallway.

Weeks before erstwhile Marina mayoral candidate Kevin Saunders had hoped to coast to victory on Election Day, he was sentenced to a month in jail. 

Saunders, a medical cannabis advocate, former law school student and former candidate for mayor, pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count each of violating a restraining order, making harassing phone calls and violation elections code.

A series of arrests and court proceedings began late last year, when Saunders was arrested for selling pot to undercover police under the auspices of his non-profit, Coasterdam Cannabis Collective.

As to the latest charges: The harassing phone calls were reportedly placed to the Marina Starbucks manager after the coffee shop banned him from all stores worldwide for life

The restraining order violation stems from threatening emails Saunders reportedly sent following his expulsion from Monterey College of Law.

And as to the elections code violation: Saunders was ruled ineligible to run for mayor of Marina for filing his papers for candidacy at a different address than where he was registered to vote, according to the District Attorney's office and a ruling by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Tom Wills. 

On Wednesday, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Vanessa Vallarta sentenced Saunders to 30 days in jail, which is in addition to 52 days he has yet to serve from his previous case of violating probation.

He was also sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to complete 10 hours of mental health counseling and forbidden from posting comments on social media about any parties protected by the existing restraining order.

As of Thursday morning, it looked like Saunders was in compliance with the social media order, but he did post a short commentary on local law enforcement: "Police want testimony under seal and redacted.. 

They set Me and MY COLLECTIVE UP and now I'm gonna prove it.."

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Sara Rubin loves long public meetings, red pens and reading (on newsprint). She has been editor of the Monterey County Weekly since 2016, and has been on staff since 2010.

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