Santa Rosa, CA – June 29, 2018 – District
Attorney Jill R. Ravitch announced today that defendant Vincent Joseph
O'Sullivan, Jr, (55) of the Guerneville area was found guilty by a jury
yesterday in the theft of a rainbow flag. The flag, which represents not only
acceptance of the LGBTQ community, but of diversity in the community at large,
flies on the flagpole in Guerneville Plaza, underneath the American and
California flags. As has been reported previously, the flag has been stolen
multiple times over the past several months.
charged with one of those thefts, which occurred in the early morning hours of
May 9, 2018. O’Sullivan acted with an accomplice, although the accomplice has
not yet been charged. During trial, Deputy Sheriff VanBebber testified that
when he questioned the defendant, O’Sullivan didn’t deny taking it and admitted
that the flag’s presence on that flagpole offended him as well as others.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “There were many who were very upset by this conduct.
The jury’s verdict reflects the support this community has for the rule of law
and the right of all to enjoy this county.”
also facing felony charges stemming from threats that he is alleged to have
made to a Guerneville Safeway employee. A trial date has not yet been set in
remains free on bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled to occur on Monday,
July 2 in Department 7 of the Sonoma County Superior Court.
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matthew Hobson. Deputy Sheriff