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  • Published on October 20, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that she is working jointly with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley, to insure that the citizens of Sonoma and Napa County who have suffered from the devastating North Bay Wildfire are not further victimized by price gouging in violation of Penal Code section 396, the State’s anti-price gouging law.

  • Published on October 17, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today issued a consumer alert on reports of price gouging by businesses, including hotels and landlords, during the devastating wildfires that have swept through Sonoma County and the North Bay. District Attorney Ravitch reminds all Sonoma County residents and businesses that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396, and her office will investigate and prosecute those that attempt to wrongfully profit from the destructive fires.

  • Published on October 17, 2017
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that her office will be available for walk-in assistance beginning tomorrow. “We’ve been open every day but last Monday with a skeleton crew handling phone calls, emails and reviewing reports on those arrested during the emergency evacuation," said Ravitch.
  • Published on October 10, 2017
    The District Attorney’s Office joins the rest of the community in shock over the events of the last few days, and we are doing everything we can to support members of our office and the community.
  • Published on October 2, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant Victor Silva, 29-years-old from Marin County, entered no contest pleas today to first degree murder and home invasion robbery while armed with a firearm for the 2015 murder of Olga Dinelli, an 84 year old resident of Penngrove.

  • Published on September 20, 2017

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office, in conjunction with 23 other District Attorney’s Offices throughout California, resolved a consumer protection action against Overstock.com, Inc.

  • Published on September 19, 2017

    Defendant Brandi Dominique Ely, 40 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 2 years 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest on June 20, 2017.

  • Published on September 12, 2017
    Defendants Christopher Miranda and Pamela Malfa each plead no contest earlier today in front of the Honorable Robert LaForge to multiple counts of grand theft that arose out of the operation of their business, West Coast Auto Craft, located in Windsor in CA.
  • Published on September 7, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on September 6, 2017, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 51 year old Gregory Todd Weiss, who was convicted of the attempted 1st degree murder, with the personal use of a firearm, of a mother of two in 1987

  • Published on September 5, 2017
    Defendant Jimmy Lee Terry, Jr., 45 years old of Oakland, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Dana Simmonds to a term of 159 years to life to be served at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Published on August 24, 2017
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Damon Casparian, 47, of Concord, was sentenced today by the Honorable Elliot Lee Daum to serve three years of formal probation with a suspended prison sentence of 6 years and 4 months and one year in the county jail.
  • Published on August 22, 2017
    Defendant Thomas Jan Warren, 64 years old of Forestville, was sentenced today before he Honorable Dana Simonds to the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison after he pled guilty in May to manufacturing concentrated cannabis using the volatile substance butane, nd admitted enhancements that his manufacturing site was less than 300 feet from a school, as well as a prior conviction for possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell.
  • Published on August 18, 2017

    Defendant Alexander William Parlato, 30 years old of Novato, was sentenced earlier today to serve 22 years in state prison after having pled “no contest” in April of this year to charges of sexually and physically assaulting his former girlfriend.

  • Published on August 17, 2017

    Defendant Stephen Paul Zimmerman, 63 years old of Santa Rosa, was convicted yesterday by a Sonoma County jury of indecent exposure.

  • Published on August 15, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Pablo Salinas-Jacobo, 35, of Santa Rosa was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for a conviction of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, with two prior Driving Under the Influence convictions. The charges stemmed from a fatal collision on Los Amigos Road on November 8, 2015. 

  • Published on August 10, 2017

    Defendant Sandra Suzanne Turner, 65 years old of Cloverdale, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 3 years, 8 months in state prison after having entered “no contest” pleas in June of this year to one count of felony grand theft, and two counts of felony forgery. 

  • Published on August 4, 2017
    Defendant Blanca Edith Barrera, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Elliot Daum to serve 90 days in county jail followed by three years of formal probation after entering a “no contest” plea to one count of felony welfare fraud in June of this year.  In addition to the jail time she was ordered to repay the County of Sonoma $14,644.
  • Published on July 27, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Kenneth C. Wilson, individually and dba Wilson Vineyards and Winery agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, approved and ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Allan D. Hardcastle, requiring Wilson to pay $50,000 in penalties and $6,648.88 in response costs for violating state and local open burn regulations.

  • Published on July 26, 2017

    Defendant Ruth Kathryn Fielding, 64 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on July 25, 2017 by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 6 years in state prison after pleading no contest on June 7, 2017.

  • Published on July 25, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that over 100 homeless victims of crime have been provided services through the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), which launched in March 2017.

  • Published on July 13, 2017

    Defendant Tawnya Hopper, 43 years old of Petaluma, entered a no contest plea yesterday to a charge of violating of Penal Code section 288.7(a), sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.

  • Published on June 30, 2017

    Defendant Ulises Sandoval-Rivera, 31 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest in front of the Honorable Dana Simmonds earlier today to charges of possessing heroin for sale within 1,000 feet of an elementary school while classes were in session.

  • Published on June 30, 2017

    Defendant Artemio Sandoval-Rivera, 27 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest today in front of the Honorable Dana Simmonds to a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale and a sentencing enhancement alleging that he was in possession of more than 1 kilogram of the drug.

  • Published on June 29, 2017

    Jose Alberto Corado-Merlos, 34 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Elliot Daum to 17 years, 4 months, plus 15 years to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

  • Published on June 23, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that after a hearing held earlier today at the Correctional Training Facility at Soledad, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the eighth time to 58 year old Roberto Amador Llompart.

  • Published on June 16, 2017
    Defendant Erica Ramirez, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve 90 days in county jail, repay Sonoma County over $15,000, and remain on felony probation for a period of three years.
  • Published on June 7, 2017
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four, affirmed a $6.8 million judgment against internet retailer Overstock.com for engaging in false advertising and unlawful business practices.
  • Published on June 7, 2017
    Defendant Cory Jorden Ferrere, 30 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 9 years in state prison after pleading no contest on March 3, 2017. Ferrere pled no contest to charges of leaving the scene of an accident after causing serious injury, and reckless driving causing great bodily injury after suffering two prior convictions for DUI.
  • Published on May 26, 2017

    Defendant Thomas Jan Warren, 63 years old of Forestville, pleaded guilty yesterday in front of the Honorable Judge Dana Simmonds to Manufacturing Concentrated Cannabis using the volatile substance butane, as well as admitting an enhancement that his manufacturing site was less than 300 feet from a school, and a prior conviction for possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell. 

  • Published on May 25, 2017

    Defendant Michael Antwon Bennett, 38 years old, was sentenced today to five years in state prison by the Honorable Elliot Lee Daum.  Mr. Bennett pled no contest in late March of this year to several felony crimes including residential burglary, attempted theft from an elder adult in an amount exceeding $100,000, and identity theft.

  • Published on May 17, 2017

    Defendant Thomas Jan Warren, 63 years old of Forestville, pleaded guilty yesterday in front of the Honorable Judge Dana Simmonds to Manufacturing Concentrated Cannabis using the volatile substance butane, as well as admitting an enhancement that his manufacturing site was less than 300 feet from a school, and a prior conviction for possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell. 

  • Published on May 17, 2017
    Defendant Garrett Piland, 33 years old of Santa Rosa, entered pleas of no contest on Friday, May 12 th to one felony count of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor, and one misdemeanor count of Sending Harmful Matter to a Minor.
  • Published on May 12, 2017

    California Department of Corrections inmate Robin Re Sharp, 62-years-old, was denied “elder” parole earlier today following a hearing at Solano State Prison.

  • Published on April 26, 2017
    The request for parole by fifty-four-year-old California Department of Corrections inmate Byron James Tibbals was denied yesterday, Tuesday, April 25 th, after a hearing at the California State Prison in Soledad. Tibbals was sentenced on March 4, 1994, to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury returned verdicts of guilty on charges of first degree murder, penetration with a foreign object, and a special circumstance of rape with a foreign object.
  • Published on April 18, 2017
    Defendant Daniel Lee Packett, 49 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced on April 17, 2017, by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to 9 years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony charges of driving under the influence causing injury, and reckless evading.
  • Published on April 14, 2017

    California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate William Barton, 62 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole after a hearing was held in front of the Board of Prison Terms at California State Prison, Sacramento on Thursday April 13. District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We believe this inmate would continue to pose a danger to the community were he not incarcerated. Therefore, we objected to his release. We are pleased that the parole board agreed with our assessment.” 

  • Published on April 7, 2017
    Defendant Ramon Amadeo Perez, 21 years old of Santa Rosa , pled no contest earlier today in front of the Honorable Patrick Broderick to charges in two separate criminal cases where he was accused of shooting others for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
  • Published on April 6, 2017
    Defendant Pablo Salinas-Jacobo, 45-years-old of Santa Rosa, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday afternoon of charges stemming from a fatal collision on November 8, 2015 on Los Amigos Road in Healdsburg. Specifically, Salinas-Jacobo was found guilty of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (within ten years of two prior driving under the influence convictions); and Driving Under the Influence Causing Bodily Injury, in addition to enhancements for causing great bodily injury and injuring multiple victims.
  • Published on April 4, 2017

    Defendant Kahlil Rahim Keith, 37-years-old of Windsor, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Robert M. Laforge to 9 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the stabbing death of Willie Ray Smith in May, 2015. A jury convicted Keith of Voluntary Manslaughter with the Use of a Deadly Weapon during a trial conducted in May of last year.  

  • Published on March 22, 2017
    David Robert Brewer, 36 years old of Healdsburg, was sentenced Monday by the Honorable Judge Julie Conger after a jury found Brewer guilty of all charges on a four-count misdemeanor complaint, charging two counts of Battery on a Peace Officer, Resisting a Peace Officer, and Battery.

  • Published on March 20, 2017

    Defendant Alan Tapia-Ramirez, 21 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced on March 17, 2017, by the Honorable Jaime Thistlethwaite to 4 years in state prison after pleading no contest to a felony charge of driving under the influence causing injury.

  • Published on March 17, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Clark Sullivan, 69 years old, most recently of Santa Rosa, was denied parole related to a murder he committed in 1987 in Santa Rosa.

  • Published on March 15, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the Contra Costa County Superior Court has ordered Golden Gate Petroleum Co., Bay Area/Diablo Petroleum Company and Westgate Petroleum Company, Inc. to pay three million dollars in civil penalties related to the operation of underground storage tanks and management of hazardous materials and wastes. 

  • Published on March 15, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Gustavo Pureco, 52years old of Santa Rosa, was denied release on parole Tuesday morning after a hearing at San Quentin state prison. Mr. Pureco was convicted on April 12, 1991 by a Sonoma County jury of second degree murder with use of a firearm, brandishing a firearm.

  • Published on March 9, 2017

    Defendant Jonathan Michael Hoppner, 24 years old, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert M. LaForge to two years in state prison. Hoppner was convicted of two counts of felony false imprisonment, committed shortly after being released on parole for a conviction of false imprisonment and sexual battery.

  • Published on March 3, 2017

    Defendants Miguel Flores, Jr. and Fidencio Bocanegra-Reyes were sentenced to state prison yesterday by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite after having pled no contest in late January to charges of conspiracy to commit home invasioin robbery, and residential burglary after the court dismissed murder charges. 

  • Published on March 3, 2017

    Defendants Sammy David Estrada, 25 years-old, and Carlos Raymond Martinez, 20 years-old, both of Fresno, were sentenced to state prison today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite for numerous felony offenses including human trafficking of a minor, pimping, and carrying a loaded firearm.

  • Published on March 1, 2017

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Christopher Michael McNatt, 42, of Sonoma, was sentenced to 36 years to life, to be served in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, for brutally murdering Ronald Sauvageau on March 20, 2015. 

  • Published on February 28, 2017

    Defendant James William Biocca, Jr., 48 years-old of Healdsburg, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to 7 years in state prison after pleading no contest on October 13, 2016 to charges of vehicle theft with a prior conviction, fleeing from a pursuing peace officer, driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of methamphetamine.

  • Published on February 17, 2017
    Defendant Robert Churich, 58 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to ten years and four months in state prison after having been found guilty at trial last December.  Churich was found guilty by the jury of physical abuse of an elder, preventing a witness from contacting assistance, assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, unlawful use of victim’s debit card, and an additional enhancement for personally inflicting great bodily injury.
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