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  • Published on August 24, 2015

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that on August 18 and 19, 2015, during a sting operation jointly conducted by the Contractors State License Board ("CSLB") and the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, twelve unlicensed contractors were contacted for unlawfully trying to obtain contracting work. 

  • Published on August 19, 2015

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Julio Cesar Olivera Zepeda, 27-years-old of Santa Rosa, was convicted by jury trial yesterday.  The trial was conducted in front of the Honorable Gary Medvigy.  The defendant was convicted of multiple counts and various types of child sexual assault.

  • Published on August 19, 2015

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant, JASON TERRANCE FLETCHER, 38-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced to 14 months local prison with a two month supervision period thereafter.  Judge Peter Ottenweller pronounced Fletcher’s sentence after taking his plea of no-contest to felony animal abuse in May.  Judge Ottenweller also ordered Fletcher not to own or have in his custody any animals during his supervision period.

  • Published on August 4, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today Donald Paul Parker, 36-years-old of Vallejo, and David Edward Espinal, 47-years-old of Sacramento, were convicted of first degree murder today in the death of Max Jackson Weinreb.
  • Published on August 4, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Josafat Panduro Presencion, 49 years-old of Vallejo, was sentenced today by the Honorable Judge Chouteau to prison for a total term of twenty-seven years
  • Published on July 30, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Rex Bradford Salyer, 63 years-old of Santa Rosa, entered guilty pleas today to two felony counts oral copulation
  • Published on July 28, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Edgar Rodriguez Alonzo, 26 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Gary Medvigy to a term of 22 years in state prison for the February, 2014, shooting incident in Martin Luther King Park.  Alonzo pled guilty to a gang motivated assault with a semi-automatic firearm against two victims, as well as causing great bodily injury to one of the victims.
  • Published on July 24, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that earlier today defendant Dean Howard Eliason Jr., 68-years-old of Santa Rosa, pleaded guilty to murdering Virginia Caetano, his wife of nearly 40 years.  He also admitted the allegation that he personally used a deadly weapon, a radio cord.
  • Published on July 21, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendants Eloy Cazares-Perez, 57-years-old and Flor Angelica Garcia-Morteo, 51-years-old, both of Santa Rosa, were sentenced earlier today after having been convicted by a jury in April of this year on multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age, rape, and lewd acts on a child. Additionally, Defendant Eloy Cazares-Perez was convicted and sentenced for personal infliction of great bodily injury during the commission of some of the offenses.
  • Published on July 9, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that earlier today defendant Ronald McKnight, 37-years-old of Santa Rosa, entered a plea of no-contest to the sole count of felony animal abuse. After taking the change of plea, Judge Julie Conger indicated over the objection of the District Attorney's Office that she may reduce the charge to a misdemeanor during the sentencing hearing on December 7, 2015. Judge Conger instructed McKnight to demonstrate his remorse by completing 300 hours of community service prior to the December hearing. Judge Conger told McKnight to concentrate his service hours in various animal shelters throughout the community.
  • Published on June 24, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Earl Howard Simmons, 82-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to serve a 30-day jail sentence after having been previously convicted of one count of felony embezzlement.  Simmons will also be on formal probation for a period of three years, and had previously paid full restitution of $22,000 to the victim.
  • Published on June 24, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that earlier today, Drue Allan Lake, 31-years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced to state prison for a period of 9 years and 4 months after having been previously convicted of continuously sexually molesting a six-year-old girl over a period of two years.
  • Published on June 23, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant, Angela Orellana, 42-years-old of Santa Rosa, was convicted by a jury on June 19, 2015 of felony Elder Abuse with infliction of great bodily injury, and felony Battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
  • Published on June 19, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Christian Sanchez-Caballero, 20, of Rohnert Park, entered guilty pleas this morning to two separate counts of 1 st Degree Robbery. He further admitted sentencing enhancements for personally using a firearm as well as acting in concert with a second gunman during the commission of the robberies.
  • Published on June 18, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that earlier today the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite sentenced 39-year-old Cotati resident Abdelaziz Jamel Thomas to state prison for 6 years.  Thomas received the six-year sentence for pimping a 16-year-old minor, and a one-year concurrent term for statutory rape.
  • Published on June 12, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that Christian Orlando Heredia, 20-years-old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced yesterday to 4 years in state prison after having been convicted of robbery, and threatening the life of a witness.  The sentence was pronounced in Sonoma County Superior Court by the Honorable Knoel Owen.
  • Published on June 11, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that David James Battensby, 44-years-old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole yesterday after a Board of Parole hearing at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga. Battensby was incarcerated in 2010 after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a neighbor as she slept in her Mark West Springs Road apartment.
  • Published on June 10, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that on June 9, 2015, defendant Christina Ann Curtis, 30-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced by the Honorable Gary Medvigy to seven years in state prison for charges of driving under the influence of a drug and causing an accident which resulted in great bodily injury to her 8 and 10-year-old children.
  • Published on May 22, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendants Francis Raymond Dwyer, 67, of Truth or Consequences New Mexico and Odin Leonard Dwyer, 40, of Denver Colorado, pleaded no contest to multiple felony charges in exchange for stipulated prison terms and their promise to testify truthfully in the upcoming murder trial of codefendant Mark William Cappello.
  • Published on May 22, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that on April 24, 2015, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., a Virginia-based corporation, was ordered to pay $2,720,000 in civil penalties and costs as part of a negotiated settlement with the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, 45 other district attorney's offices, and two city attorney's offices across the state.
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