Quirky CA builder being sentenced for 'Phonehenge'

August 5, 2011 - 3:30 AM

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The backyard builder who created a quirky roadside attraction called Phonehenge West is waiting to learn whether a judge will send him to jail for putting the structures on his Mojave Desert property without obtaining building permits.

Kim Fahey, who was convicted of a dozen building code violations last June, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Superior Court in Lancaster. He could receive as much as a year in jail on each count or just probation.

Since his conviction, Fahey has moved off his 1.7-acre property in Acton and begun dismantling Phonehenge West.

He built the 12 structures, including a 70-foot tower, over a period of 30 years, mainly using scrap materials.

Fahey and eight others were living at Phonehenge West when authorities cracked down.