For The Fourth Time, Judge Delays Jail Time For Ex-CEO of Cancer Charity

Former WishWarriors CEO, Brianna King, was scheduled to surrender for a one year sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to grand theft in September 2015.

A San Diego judge granted a fourth request to delay jail time for the woman convicted of stealing money raised to help local families with children battling cancer.

Brianna King was supposed to surrender into custody to begin her year sentence Wednesday but asked a judge for more time, citing health concerns her baby is facing.

In court Wednesday King provided notes from a doctor explaining that her baby, born in February, needs to be breastfed by King until the baby is one year old. The judge set the new date for her to surrender for her sentence to a day after the baby turns one, February 28, 2017.

This is the fourth time a judge has granted her a delay in reporting to prison.

Due to the delays in reporting for her sentence, the judge said King has a negative balance on her time served and will result in an additional 45 days being added to her sentence.

King pleaded guilty to grand theft in September 2015 for stealing thousands of dollars in connection to her time at the helm of the nonprofit WishWarriors.

The district attorney’s office opened a criminal investigation into King after an NBC 7 investigation revealed children profiled by the charity never received the donations they were promised.

King has told NBC 7 Investigates she does not wish to discuss the sentencing and has declined to answer any questions about the charges and investigation.

King would solicit items and gift cards from stores as donations to auction off at fundraisers, but prosecutors say she would instead use them herself. King would also spend donation money at hair salons, spas and on car payments and other personal bills according to prosecutors.

She has been ordered to serve a year in prison and five years of probation. Her prison term was first delayed to April 11 because she was pregnant at the time of her sentencing. That was pushed back to June 21 due to a medical reason. The June date was then pushed back to October due to health concerns associated with her baby. 

King was also ordered to continue making restitution payments for what she stole from the charity. Wednesday the judge said King was late on some of those payments and told her to get caught up on them or there will be penalties.

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