Despite prison sentence, ex-school official to receive his pension

Yelverton to serve more than six years in hit-and-run death
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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Jeffrey Crayton Yelverton, the recently terminated food services director for the local school district, will be entitled to receive a pension after he elected to resign his high ranking $92,000-per-year position. “Yes, the member is entitled to receive a pension,” said Bob Burton, CalPERS office of public affairs. Yelverton has yet to officially file his retirement paperwork with CalPERS so no gross monthly benefit payment amount is known at this time, according to Burton. On June 22, Yelverton, director of food services for Folsom Cordova Unified School District, was convicted by jury of voluntary manslaughter and felony hit and run. Debbie Bettencourt, Folsom Cordova Unified School District superintendent, testified for Yelverton as a character witness during the trial. Bettencourt said Yelverton, 55, was officially terminated from his district position on June 30 after the conviction. “As soon as the conviction came down, he elected to resign rather than be terminated,” Bettencourt said. Bettencourt said Yelverton worked for the district for five years and supervised more than 100 employees. She said the incident was shocking for her and district employees to hear. “He was a good employee,” Bettencourt said. “He was a valued employee.” Yelverton was sentenced to six years and eight months in state prison for his voluntary manslaughter and hit-and-run convictions in the death of a homeless man. He hit Thomas William Deollos, a homeless Sacramento Loaves and Fishes volunteer, in March 2010. Deollos died two months later.