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Former Healdsburg soccer league president in jail

A former Healdsburg youth soccer league president who embezzled $58,312 from the organization was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in jail and ordered to begin serving his time immediately.

Kyle Hoffman, 38, was hoping to get off with probation under a plea bargain that required him to pay back about half of the money up front.

But when he appeared in court wearing a pin-striped suit and offered a check for $12,200, prosecutors asked that he be placed in custody right away.

Judge Ken Gnoss agreed, reminding Hoffman that he had nearly bankrupted a group dedicated to children and stole "hard-earned money" from parents.

"I don't feel Mr. Hoffman has lived up to his side of the bargain," Gnoss said before the disgraced official was placed in handcuffs and led away by deputies.

Earlier, Hoffman made an emotional plea to Gnoss to allow him to remain free so he could keep his job in order to make restitution while supporting his wife and two children.

He apologized for the theft, saying, "I make no excuses for my actions."

"I betrayed the community that trusted me," Hoffman said.

Parents with the league looked on from the audience. They said they were satisfied with the outcome, but were sorry to see someone who had been so close to them wind up behind bars.

"The judge did the right thing in that people have to know it's not OK," said former board member Lisa Wittke Schaffner. "But we do feel for his family," Schaffner, who is a former City Councilmember, said.

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