Santa Rosa, CA – January 7, 2019 – Defendant Marion Christine Forrest, 53 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today after having entered a plea of no contest in December to charges of Battery, Child Abuse, and an admission of a hate crime allegation. Her sister Frankie Jean Brouwer, 48 years old of Santa Rosa, entered a plea to one
count of Battery last week and was sentenced thereafter.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This type of behavior is illegal and will not be tolerated. Fortunately, we rarely come upon hate crimes in our community. But when the facts support charging a hate crime we will do so and will seek an appropriate sanction, including incarceration.”
These charges stemmed from an attack which occurred on August 25, 2017 at the Santa Rosa Dollar Tree located at 777 Sebastopol Road On that day, the victim and her three children ages 2, 4, and 13 were all shopping at the store together. The victim’s 2 year old son had been stung by a bee and was crying. Forrest and
Brower were waiting in a checkout line nearby when Forrest became upset at the crying child. She began shouting across the store that the “Mexican baby” needed to “shut up.”
Forrest began cursing at the mother, who spoke up to defend her son. Suddenly, Forrest began attacking the mother. Before being stopped by onlookers, Forrest repeatedly struck the mother, her 2 year old son, and a store clerk who intervened to stop the violence. At one point Brouwer joined the attack and had assaulted both the
mother and her 13 year old daughter.
After being detained, Forrest continued making racially charged statements. She accused Sheriff Deputies of refusing to interview white witnesses and told police “don’t listen to them, they’re not white.” She also recited racist slogans, insulted the mother using racial stereotypes, and claimed she was
being arrested only because she was white. Her entire assault was captured on store surveillance however, which ultimately resulted in her plea at the eve of trial.
Per a negotiated agreement, Judge Nancy Case Shaffer sentenced the Defendant to 48 months of formal probation, 120 days in the Sonoma County Jail, ordered that she participate in anger replacement therapy through Sonoma County Probation, and imposed stay away orders from the victims and the location of the
attack. Forrest will also be prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm for a period of 10 years.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Brian G Morimune, assisted by District Attorney Victim Witness Advocate Rocio Torres-Murphy. Deputy Jordan Puleo headed the investigation on behalf of the Sonoma County Sheriff's office.