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Judge grants extension to Twin Rivers trustee facing felony charges

The felony case involving Twin Rivers Unified Trustee Cortez Quinn remains unresolved after a judge continued his court hearing again Wednesday.

Quinn, 47, faces up to 14 years’ imprisonment on 13 felony and five misdemeanor charges after he allegedly falsified his paternity test and accepted illegal gifts from a school district employee.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel White agreed to give attorneys for Quinn and his co-defendant, Andre Antoine Pearson, 37, more time to go through 1,600 pages of phone records that defense attorney Vincent Maher said he had just received.

The case has been delayed three times since it was set for either a plea or a settlement agreement. White said Wednesday this would be the last delay.

“This case has been around awhile,” White said. “I will set one more time for the final plea or settlement.”

Quinn and Pearson are scheduled to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Quinn remains on the Twin Rivers school board.

Quinn was arrested Nov. 5 in the parking lot of Foothill High School after a school board meeting. The district attorney’s case against Quinn is based on DNA collected from a crumpled paper towel that a criminal investigator fished out of a wastebasket. The towel was obtained after Quinn washed his hands in the bathroom while attending a school board meeting in August 2013.

Authorities allege that Quinn colluded with Pearson to falsify a DNA test. Pearson was the Comprehensive Medical Inc. employee responsible for collecting DNA swabs from individuals. Prosecutors say he sent a sample from a third party in place of Quinn’s to a DNA analysis lab for use in the paternity case.

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