Former Healdsburg soccer league president, denied early release from jail in embezzlement case

A Sonoma County judge Monday denied early release for a Healdsburg youth soccer league president serving nine months in jail for embezzling more than $58,000 from the organization.

Kyle Hoffman, 38, appeared before Judge Ken Gnoss, asking to be released after serving about five months. Hoffman said he wanted to begin earning money to repay the league and to support his wife and two children.

His lawyer, George Arack, said Hoffman has an offer of employment from his old boss.

"The league needs their money," said Hoffman, a former marketing manager, standing before Gnoss in a blue jail uniform. "My children need their father."

But Gnoss denied the request, saying Hoffman already received a break when he was allowed to serve his time in county jail rather than prison.

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