Lilly pleas no contest - avoids jail time

Lilly Pleas no contest

Former Major League pitcher and Yosemite High graduate Ted Lilly reached a plea agreement Feb. 5, stemming from three felony counts of insurance fraud filed last month.

According to The Tribune (San Luis Obispo) Lilly, who was not present the court hearing, entered a no contest plea, agreeing to a lesser charge in exchange for a reduced sentence.

In exchange for the plea, the charges where reduced to one misdemeanor, with Lilly agreeing to pay $2,500 in fines, serve two years of informal probation and complete and 250 hours of community service to be completed within 12 months.

The original charges, filed in in January, stemmed from a March 19, incident in which Lilly filed a false insurance claim on a damaged personal RV. According to reports, Lilly received an estimate of $4,600 in repairs from a body shop on March 19. According to the California Department of Insurance, who headed the investigation, Lilly then preceded to insure the recreational vehicle five days later on March 24 - then filed a claim for the damage on March 29.

A restitution hearing will be held June 4, at the San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Giants World Series trophy coming to Fresno Feb. 24

The San Francisco Giants World Series Championship Trophy Tour, presented by Bank of America, makes its third stop in five years at Fresno’s Chukchansi Park on Tuesday, Feb.24, with a free public viewing from 5 - 7 p.m. There is a strong Fresno connection to the three championships, as 15 of the 25 players on the Giants’ 2010 World Series roster played for the Grizzlies prior to the championship run, while 17 former Grizzlies were on each of the 2012 and 2014 World Series rosters.

The trophy viewing is one of three ways the Fresno Grizzlies will celebrate the 2014 championship. The second comes when the Grizzlies give away 2014 San Francisco Giants World Series Championship Replica Rings during their Saturday, April 25, home game. The third will be on Saturday, June 6, when the Grizzlies give away a Farm Grown Joe Panik bobblehead. Last season, Panik batted .321 with 14 doubles, four triples, five homers, and 45 RBIs in 72 games with Fresno prior to his promotion to the Giants.

All three trophies will be available for a free public viewing on a first-come, first-served basis, while a $2 donation is suggested to help support the Junior Giants program in the Central Valley. Once inside, a photographer will be present to capture the moment when fans get their moment with the trophies. Those photographs are available for purchase onsite or online at

- Staff Report