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  • Published on April 16, 2018
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an Executive Order on Friday extending the protections against Price Gouging under Penal Code Section 396 through and including December 4, 2018.
  • Published on April 11, 2018

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on April 10, 2018, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 29-year-old Eddie Menefee, who was convicted in 2006 of torture and sexual assault of John Doe, a 15-year-old boy. Menefee who was 16 at the time was prosecuted as an adult.

  • Published on April 11, 2018

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that on April 10, 2018, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the 16TH time to 70 year old Manuel Avalos Flores, who was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of 23 year old Ricoberto Arroyo in 1981.

  • Published on April 9, 2018

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that Salvador Flores, Jr., 19 years-old of Santa Rosa, and Gustavo Alex Castillo, 25 years-old of Santa Rosa, each entered no contest pleas to charges of gang-related attempted murder. Each defendant also admitted to personally using a firearm during the crime. Flores and Castillo are active participants in the Puro Sureno Cholo (PSC) subset of the Sureño criminal street gang.

  • Published on March 27, 2018

    Defendant Mary Katherine David, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve six months in county jail, and 48 months on formal probation after having pled no contest in January to grand theft and forgery charges.

  • Published on March 27, 2018

    Defendant Daniel Broin, 57 years old of Napa, was sentenced on Wednesday March 21st by the Honorable Judge Averill to serve two years in prison after having been convicted by a jury in January of embezzling over $100,000 from the Finnish American Home Association (FAHA).

  • Published on March 23, 2018

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on March 23, 2018, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the sixth time to 57 year old Gary Allen Moore, who was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of a 23 month old child in 1990. 

  • Published on March 21, 2018

    Defendant Paul Dwayne Kilgore, 70 years old of Sonoma, was found guilty yesterday by a Sonoma county jury of six counts of child molestation following a three week trial. The jury also found true an allegation that Kilgore had committed these offenses against multiple victims, who were all under the age of fourteen years old.

  • Published on March 20, 2018

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that her office, with 24 other District Attorney’s Offices in California, settled an environmental and consumer protection action against Costco Wholesale Corporation, Inc. and JBR, Inc.

  • Published on March 6, 2018
    The August 2016 “resisting arrest” convictions of defendants Gabrielle Lemos and her mother Michelle Lemos of Petaluma were affirmed on Appeal by a three judge Appellate Division panel in a ruling issued on February 27, 2018.
  • Published on March 6, 2018
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch urges consumers to recognize and participate in National Consumer Protection Week March 4-10. This year celebrates the 20thanniversary of the event.
  • Published on March 6, 2018

    On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The Act legalizes the adult use of Cannabis and establishes regulations that will control and oversee the Cannabis industry. 

  • Published on February 27, 2018

    Defendant Tawnya Hopper, 44 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today to a prison term of 25 years-to-life by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite after having pled no contest in July of last year to a violation of Penal Code section 288.7(a), sexual intercourse by an adult with a child under the age of ten.

  • Published on February 2, 2018

    The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office urge survivors of the North Bay wildfires to remain alert as they search for a contractor to assist them in the rebuilding process.

  • Published on February 2, 2018

    Defendant Mary Katherine David, 37 years old of Santa Rosa, pled no contest before the Honorable Patrick Broderick on January 26, 2018, to one count of felony grand theft and three counts of felony forgery.

  • Published on January 8, 2018

    January is designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The annual event has been recognized since January 2010 in an effort to bring attention to the epidemic of human trafficking in this country.

  • Published on January 4, 2018

    Defendant Ivan Morales was convicted today by a jury of premeditated attempted murder of an armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, assault with an assault rifle, assault on a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. Defendant Sergey Gutsu had previously pleaded guilty to premeditated attempted murder of an armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, premeditated attempted murder of a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. 

  • Published on January 3, 2018
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that inmate Ricky Phonesai Phachanh, now thirty years old, was denied early release on parole by the Board of Prison Terms after a hearing on December 27th at the Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California.
  • Published on January 2, 2018
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that the Honorable Elliot L. Daum denied the challenge to her conviction by defendant Gayle Diane Gray, 79 years old, of Santa Rosa. Gray sought reversal of her conviction for charges related to the fatal collision she caused after driving with alcohol and drugs in her system on January 20, 2016.
  • Published on December 20, 2017

    47-year-old Joel Miranda Rivas, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Monday to 6 years in state prison, the maximum allowed by law, for a felony charge of Driving Under the Influence. Rivas has 10 prior convictions for Driving Under the Influence, 4 of which were also felony offenses. This will be Rivas’s fourth commitment to state prison for Driving under the Influence.

  • Published on December 7, 2017
    Defendant Victor Silva, 29 years old from Marin County, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simmonds to 41 years to life in prison after having entered no contest pleas to charges of first degree murder and robbery in September of this year.
  • Published on November 21, 2017
    Defendant Christopher John Miranda, 43 years-old of Windsor, who pled no contest to 14 counts of felony grand theft and identify theft in September, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert Laforge to 15 years, and 4 months in state prison.  Restitution is expected to total approximately $850,000.
  • Published on November 17, 2017
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that those arrested for DUI in Sonoma County, specifically repeat offenders, drug impaired and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
  • Published on November 9, 2017
    Fifty-seven-year-old California prison inmate Carl Dick was denied parole by the state board of parole yesterday following a hearing related to the aggravated sexual assault of his three young daughters between 1996 and 1998.
  • Published on October 30, 2017

    Sonoma County residents of scams involving fraudulently filed applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. The Napa and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Offices received several reports from residents whose personal identifying information, including their social security numbers, had been used to file a fraudulent FEMA application

  • 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.

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