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Santa Rosa Killer Denied Parole

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 3, 2016  –  District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that inmate William Ernesto Dominguez, 32 years old, most recently residing in Santa Rosa, was denied parole yesterday following his initial parole hearing at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California. Dominguez is currently serving a sentence for a gang-related homicide committed in 2001 in which he shot and killed Santa Rosa resident Oscar Diaz Gutierrez.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Dominguez was violent in our community and has been violent in prison. His actions show he would continue to be an unreasonable risk to the safety of our community if he were released on parole at this time.” 

The homicide charge resulted from an incident on February 17, 2001, in which Dominguez pointed a shotgun at rival gang members in the area of Rockwell Place and West Ninth Street in the city of Santa Rosa. After an exchange of words, Dominguez shot Oscar Guiterrez in the face, resulting in fatal wounds. Dominguez was 17 years old when he shot and killed Oscar Diaz Gutierrez. Oscar was 17 years old, as well.

Dominguez was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, three counts of assault with a firearm, as well as further allegations that Dominguez personally used a firearm and the crimes were committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.  Dominguez was sentenced to twenty-five years, eight months in the State Prison for these crimes. In 2005, Dominguez was sentenced to an additional eight years in prison for stabbing another inmate with an inmate-made weapon.

Although Dominguez is serving a sentence of thirty-three years and eight months for his violent crimes, due to recent changes in California’s sentencing laws, Dominguez became eligible for parole earlier than was originally expected. Now, because Dominguez was under the age of 23 at the time he killed Oscar Diaz Gutierrez, Dominguez became eligible for parole after serving only fifteen years of his sentence. 

  Deputy District Attorney Andrew Lukas attended yesterday’s hearing in Susanville, and opposed early release for this violent offender. The legal standard that the Board of Parole Hearings uses in making their decision of whether or not to grant parole is whether a prisoner currently poses an unreasonable risk of danger to society if released from prison.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board of Parole Hearings agreed with the District Attorney’s Office, and found that Dominguez is not suitable for parole at this time. Dominguez will next be considered for parole in five years.


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