Santa Rosa, CA – December 7, 2018 – Defendant
Tristan Avery Proto, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by
the Honorable Jamie E. Thistlethwaite to three years of formal probation and 360
days of country jail after having pled guilty to one felony count of possessing
an explosive device (Health and Safety Code section 12035) in November.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “Mr. Proto’s reckless actions terrified the
Guerneville community. I am grateful that no one was injured during the
incident. Mr. Proto was remorseful for his actions and I am hopeful he will
make better decisions in the future.”
resulted from an incident that occurred on August 3, 2018, when Mr. Proto was walking
by a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle. Mr. Proto had been
using drugs and alcohol that day and also had an M80 explosive device in his
back pack. Mr. Proto decided to light the explosive device and threw it under
the patrol car. The resulting explosion was so loud and powerful it shook the
windows of a nearby store causing panic.
Mr. Proto was
quickly apprehended by an off duty police officer. A Sonoma County Sheriff’s
Deputy quickly responded to assist and took Mr. Proto into custody. Mr. Proto
acknowledged his involvement in the event but stated early on he never intended
to hurt anyone. He stated he specifically made sure the patrol car was
unoccupied before igniting the M-80.
suffers from mental health issues as well as utilizing drugs and alcohol. Mr.
Proto’s was sentenced today to a total of 360 days in jail, and will be
released to drug treatment. Mr. Proto was placed on three years of formal
supervised probation and will be monitored by the probation department. Mr.
Proto is not allowed to return to the store where this occurred nor is he
permitted to possess any explosive device or firework.
The case was
prosecuted by Chief Deputy District Attorney Troye K. Shaffer. Deputies from
the Guerneville substation and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department Bomb
Squad headed the investigation. Detectives with the Violent Crimes
Investigation Unit also assisted with the investigation.