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‘Phonehenge’ builder sentenced to 539 days in jail

Posted: December 26, 2012 3:35 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2012 3:35 p.m.

Alan 'Kim' Fahey in front of his structure before it was torn down.

 

A former Acton resident has been sentenced to almost 18 months in jail after failing to repay thousands of dollars in county fines accrued as a result of the demolition of the elaborate structure he dubbed “Phonehenge West.”

Alan “Kim” Fahey was sentenced Dec. 20 to 539 days in jail, for failing to repay Los Angeles County the cost of demolishing the structures on the 1.7-acre property in Acton, according to Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Fahey was originally sentenced in May to five years of probation and community service after failing to obtain the proper permits necessary to construct Phonehenge.

During the course of the trial, Fahey claimed he had obtained the permits, but that the county had lost them.
While Fahey was sentenced to about 18 months in jail, he faced up to a 6-year sentence after being convicted of 12 misdemeanor building code violations, Gibbons said.

Fahey’s wife, Pat, said Wednesday she was not surprised by the sentence.

“Quite frankly they’ve been hoping to do this for a long time and they did,” Pat Fahey said.  

Pat Fahey said they are in the process of appealing the sentence. Meanwhile, Alan Fahey is being held at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

The county estimated it spent $83,488 to tear down the Phonehenge structures — an amount Fahey was ordered to repay.

As of last week’s court hearing, Fahey was supposed to have given the county $2,500 toward repaying that amount.

But he had only paid about half that, Gibbons said.

Gibbons said the presiding judge in the case determined Fahey had violated the terms of his parole by not meeting the latest payment deadline.

The judge also ruled the county can pursue restitution from Fahey through civil court now that the criminal proceedings have concluded, Gibbons said.

Pat Fahey said she and her husband have been struggling to make the required payments because they are both retired and don’t have any outside sources of income.

Fahey spent approximately three decades constructing Phonehenge, which he called a work of art. At its peak, Phonehenge included roughly a dozen structures, including a 70-foot tower.

lmoney@signalscv.com
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