Santa Rosa, CA – March 27, 2019 – Defendant
Dalton James Carlson, 33 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the
Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 75 years-to-life in state prison for killing
his wife Jessica Carlson and his father Dale Carlson after having pled no
contest in February to two counts of first degree murder, and a firearm
enhancement. Several family members of the victims attended this morning’s
Attorney Ravitch stated, “These murders were committed in a particularly
callous and brutal fashion. Although no sentence can undo the harm done to
these families, we do believe that the lengthy prison term is the right
conclusion to this case.”
On February 25,
2017 the bodies of both victims were found at their respective Santa Rosa
residences. Family members found Jessica Carlson in the kitchen of her home on
Glenbrook Drive. She had been shot in the head, and also suffered blunt force
trauma from being struck with a mallet. Friends of Dale Carlson discovered his body
lying in his kitchen on Valley Center Drive. Dale was struck at least 11 times
with a large mag-style flashlight and died of blunt force trauma.
blood was located on overalls Dalton Carlson was wearing at the time of his
arrest. Further, the defendant’s fingerprint was found on a beer can found in
Dale Carlson’s living room.
Deputy District Attorneys
Barbara Nanney and Sharmalee Rajakumaran prosecuted the case and were assisted
by District Attorney Investigators Greg Wojcik and Kris Allen. Wojcik, formerly
with the Santa Rosa Police Department, led the investigation.