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  • March 26, 2015
    On February 26, 2015, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office in partnership with St. Joseph Health's Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital completed the last of eleven scheduled presentations to approximately 300 students at Piner High School in Santa Rosa.  The presentations were geared towards freshman students through Piner High's Freshman Transitions Program and were focused on gun violence awareness and prevention.
  • March 20, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Jason Patrick Smith, 44-years-old of Sonoma, pleaded no contest today to DUI causing great bodily injury, and recklessly evading the police resulting in serious bodily injury. Each of the offenses is considered a “strike” under California’s three strikes statute. The defendant entered his pleas before the Honorable Julie Conger.
  • March 16, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that John Bruno Martinez, 28-years-old of Richmond, entered no contest pleas today to both charges in the felony complaint pending against him. Martinez was charged with two counts of being an accessory after the fact to burglary, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and the murder of Olga Dinelli, 84-years-old of Penngrove.  The two charges against Martinez reflected that he provided assistance to two suspects in the murder of Dinelli.  Martinez entered his pleas this morning before the Honorable Judge Robert LaForge, who set a sentence date of April 13 th .  Martinez faces a maximum sentence of 3 years and 8 months in prison.  There were no agreements made by either the prosecution or the court in exchange for the defendant’s pleas.
  • March 16, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Zachary Cole, 23, of Sherman Oaks, California, was ordered to pay $12,614.05 in criminal restitution today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite, for lost rental income caused by Cole due to an illegal marijuana growing operation at a rental property.  The judge ordered the restitution to be paid to the victim homeowner, who had rented the house to Cole, following a restitution hearing.
  • March 13, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office has completed its review of a Law Enforcement Employee Involved Incident.  The report regarding the review and finding has been forwarded to the Grand Jury, as set forth in the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Protocol.
  • March 11, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Glynis Lewis, 45-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Judge Robert LaForge to a 3 year, 4 month state prison term for embezzling over $348,000 from Garrett Ace Hardware. Lewis was also ordered to repay the stolen money.
  • March 10, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Allen Sternik, 56, of Graton, was order to pay $102,464.50 in criminal restitution today by the Honorable Julie Conger, for damage to a rental home caused by Sternik from an illegal marijuana growing operation. The judge ordered the restitution to be paid to the victim homeowner, who had rented the house to Sternik, following a two-day hearing.
  • March 6, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Kenneth Rohrbach, 28-years-old of Santa Rosa, pleaded no-contest yesterday in front of the Honorable Patrick Broderick. The defendant pleaded to two felony counts of extortion and four misdemeanor counts involving surreptitiously taking pictures of coworkers using the restroom.
  • March 4, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Jaime Gonzalez, 18-years-old, and Cuahtemoc Delrio Partida, 17-years-old, each of Santa Rosa, were convicted of felony assault charges this morning in Sonoma County Criminal Court.
  • February 20, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on February 19, 2015, defendant Robyn Cabrera, 37-years-old of Santa Rosa, pled guilty to felony embezzlement. Cabrera paid restitution of $8,205.90 in full, and will serve a 60-day jail sentence. She will then be placed on probation for a period of three years as part of a negotiated sentence.
  • February 20, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that earlier today defendant Rafael Prieto-Gonzalez, 23-years-old of Santa Rosa, pled guilty to gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated, robbery, auto theft, and leaving the scene after causing a collision that killed his passenger, Able Acosta.
  • February 10, 2015
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Teresa Goode, 32-years-old of Santa Rosa, pled guilty to seven felonies and admitted an out-on-bail enhancement on February 9, 2015 before the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite. Goode was initially charged in three separate cases with multiple counts of identity theft, possession of stolen checks, credit cards and other personal identifying information, burglary, and forgery. Goode’s criminal activity spanned from May to November of 2014.
  • February 10, 2015
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Target Corporation entered into a Stipulated Judgment and will pay $3,941,118 to settle a civil law enforcement complaint that alleged that Target engaged in false advertising and unfair competition and violated a 2008 injunction. The action was filed in Marin County Superior Court by Ravitch’s Environmental and Consumer Law Division along with the District Attorneys of Marin, Contra Costa, Fresno, Santa Cruz, and the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.
  • February 9, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez,  27-years-old, of Rohnert Park was sentenced this morning to a term of four years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after pleading guilty in December of last year to one count of Penal Code section 192(c)(1), gross vehicular homicide.
  • February 4, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant, Eilleen Madayag, 43 of Vallejo, California was sentenced this morning by the Honorable Shelly Averill to a stipulated 28-month sentence, which includes a 14-month prison term, 14 months on mandatory supervision, and repayment of all money stolen.
  • February 2, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office’s Environmental Consumer Law Division has resolved a civil environmental enforcement action alleging unlawful vineyard development against defendant Paul Hobbs and Paul Hobbs Winery, LP.  The civil complaint contained allegations of unlawful vineyard development at three separate projects.  The enforcement case was filed after an investigation and reports of violations at each of the three projects from 2011 to 2013.   The civil complaint filed on May 28, 2014 sought civil penalties and injunctive relief in the name of the People of the State of California.  The settlement and order were signed on January 30, 2015.
  • January 30, 2015
    As the tax season approaches, telephone scams from con artists are increasing. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office warns you to be smart and stay safe from these thieves.
  • January 30, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that David Angelo Montano, 27 years old, a Norteno gang participant with ties to Sacramento and Santa Rosa, pled guilty to attempted murder and use of a firearm. He will receive a sentence of 19 years in state prison.
  • January 22, 2015
    Christopher Matheson, 37-years-old of Penngrove, California, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to an eight-year prison sentence.  On December 9, 2014 Matheson pled guilty to 7 felonies and admitted a prior prison conviction on December 9, 2014, and stipulated to an eight-year prison term. Matheson was charged with multiple counts of fraud, possession of stolen identities, forgery of a state seal, and counterfeiting access cards.
  • January 16, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that today defendant Andrew Michael Tungseth, 35-years-old of Santa Rosa, pled no contest to murder charges, and was found guilty by the Honorable Robert LaForge. Sentencing is set for March 18, 2015 at which time it is expected Tungseth will be sentenced to fifteen years-to-life in prison.
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