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  • August 29, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Ross McDerment, 26, of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest to charges of felony perjury, misdemeanors of false personation, child endangerment, and two separate violations of driving while under the influence.
  • August 28, 2014
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that no criminal charges will be filed again Delia Garcia-Bratcher. Ms. Garcia-Bratcher was accused of assaulting a 12-year-old boy on the grounds of Olivet Elementary School on May 16, 2014.
  • August 28, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Governor Jerry Brown has reversed a Board of Parole Hearings decision to parole John David Duport, who along with two other men, stabbed and killed two Sonoma County women in 1986.
  • August 21, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Timothy Ray Davis, 49, of Graton, was convicted after a jury trial of felony hazardous waste disposal and misdemeanor petty theft of diesel from Gallo Vineyards that occurred during thefts of diesel from Gallo Vineyard’s Frei Road location between April 12, 2013 and April 25, 2013.
  • August 21, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant Franklin Lee, 40, of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest today before the Honorable Judge Robert LaForge to multiple felony child abuse charges involving one victim. Lee pled to five felonies, including continuous sexual abuse of a minor under 14, oral copulation of a 14 and 15 year old, and sodomy of a 14 and 15 year old. He also admitted a sentencing enhancement that would preclude a grant of probation. He faces up to 18 years and 8 months in prison.
  • August 20, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Enrique Sanabria-Ruiz, 47, of Santa Rosa, pled no contest and was found guilty by the Honorable Judge Shelly Averill related to a fatal crash in Santa Rosa on May 13, 2014.  Sanabria-Ruiz was convicted of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more causing injury, and a further allegation that he caused great bodily injury to an elderly victim was found true.  Santa Rosa resident Earnest Slone was killed in the crash.
  • August 18, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Jesse Martin Cockrill, 25, of Petaluma, pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated today. Cockrill further admitted sentencing enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily injury upon an 8 year old child and for causing injury to more than one victim. Cockrill faces a maximum term of imprisonment of eight years in state prison. The Honorable Dana Simonds accepted the plea, and will pronounce the sentence on October 15, 2014
  • August 18, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today, August 18, 2014, that a jury found twenty nine year old defendant, Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza, guilty of all five charges against him. The defendant was found guilty of three counts of Rape in Concert, with an allegation of Kidnapping, for his acts on June 16, 2006, July 28, 2006 and July 24, 2009 against three separate victims. Defendant was also convicted of Kidnapping for Purposes of Rape and Assault with Force Likely to Commit Great Bodily Injury. The defendant will be sentenced on September 16, 2014, and faces a maximum sentence of seventy five years to life for the crimes. The jury reached verdicts after four hours of deliberation.
  • August 14, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on August 12, 2014, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 33 year old Michael Mouille, who in 2000 was convicted of Second Degree Murder for the 1999 stabbing death of victim Randall Odgers.
  • August 14, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that on August 12, 2014, defendant Steven Barton Edmonds, 54, a former transient in the Sebastopol area, was sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite on a single count of arson. When Edmonds has served his prison sentence, he will be required to register for life as an arsonist with any law enforcement agency within the community he resides.
  • August 7, 2014
    Defendant Sunshine Rayna Anderson, 39, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on August 6 by the Honorable Dana Simonds for her part in a drug sales ring involving her husband, William “Billy” Oliver Anderson, 45, and Matthew Dean Domingos, 32.
  • August 7, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Larry Gene Sark, 67 years old, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to serve twelve years in state prison.
  • August 6, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that convicted murderer Roger Lee Hill was denied parole on August 1, 2014 by the Board of Prison Terms.
  • July 30, 2014

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch is urging Sonoma County residents to be aware of a scam that is occurring in Sonoma County.

    A person calls you stating he is from the Jury Commissioner’s Office or the Sheriff’s Office, says you failed to report for jury duty and threatens you with an arrest warrant for failing to honor the jury summons. You are told you must go to a local store and purchase a prepaid debit card for several hundred dollars to suspend the warrant otherwise a police officer will be coming to your door to arrest you.

  • July 21, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on July 16th, 2014, the California Board of Prison Terms (“Board”) has denied parole, for the second time, to 38-year-old Ray Allen Mays, who in April of 2003 was convicted of attempted murder and mayhem, among other charges, after burglarizing a home and violently attacking one of the sleeping occupants with a machete.
  • July 17, 2014
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that Sysco Corporation, the country’s largest food distribution company, and its California Operating Companies (OpCos) will pay almost $20 million dollars in restitution, costs and penalties as a result of the OpCos’ illegal practice of holding perishable foods – such as seafood, milk and raw meat – in unregistered and/or improperly refrigerated storage sheds.
  • July 14, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the Honorable Shelly Averill sentenced Vincent Andrew Rones (51) to prison for 14 years, 8 months.  Rones’ sentence on the current charges was doubled due to his prior strike conviction for kidnapping in 1999.  Rones will not be eligible for release on parole until he has served 80 percent of this sentence.
  • July 7, 2014
    No se archivarán cargos penales contra el diputado Erik Gelhaus en relación con la muerte de Andy Lopez que ocurrió el 22 de Octubre del 2013. Una sinopsis de 52 páginas del informe del fiscal ante el gran jurado, exponiendo las razones para la determinación y la investigación fue publicada hoy. El informe concluye que el diputado Gelhaus disparó su arma en respuesta a lo que honestamente y razonablemente creía era una amenaza inminente de muerte o lesiones corporales graves a sí mismo o a otros. Como tal, estaba actuando legalmente en defensa de sí mismo o a otros, y no existe ninguna base para la búsqueda de cargos criminales.
  • July 7, 2014
    No criminal charges will be filed against Deputy Erik Gelhaus related to the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa on October 22, 2013.  A 52-page synopsis of the District Attorney Report to the Grand Jury outlining the investigation and reasons for the determination was released today. The report concludes that Deputy Gelhaus fired his weapon in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to himself or others. As such, he was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others, and no basis for seeking criminal charges exists.
  • July 3, 2014
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Dyke Clyde Dewitt, 65, a former teacher’s aide in a special education classroom at Cloverdale High School, was sentenced today to state prison for sexually molesting three teenage boys. Dewitt entered no contest pleas in May to eight counts of lewd acts with minors and one count of possession of child pornography. Under an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, and approved by the families, he was sentenced to 11 years, four months in state prison.
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