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  • 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.
  • January 16, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Nicholas Sterba, 19-years-old of Rohnert Park, pled no contest to the charge of attempted kidnapping today in front of the Honorable Rene Chouteau.
  • January 16, 2015
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Teresa Goode, 32, from Santa Rosa, and Nikki Sproul, 28, from Rohnert Park, were arrested and charged with 20 criminal counts relating to identity theft.
  • January 15, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today defendant Jesus Sanchez Chaves, 43-yrs-old, was sentenced to more than 55 years-to-life in state prison for sexually assaulting his 12-year-old step-daughter.
  • January 8, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that this month is recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In January 2010 President Obama instituted an annual month of awareness events on human trafficking, and Sonoma County has done so as well.
  • January 6, 2015
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Trius Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. of Stockton has resolved a civil environmental enforcement case that occurred on 10/29/13 at Spring Creek Medical Plaza, located at 1144 Sonoma Avenue in Santa Rosa.
  • December 30, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Gerardo Vasquez-Cruz, 18, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Rene Chouteau to a prison term of eight years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
  • December 29, 2014

    The District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of 4 Law Enforcement Employee Involved Incidents:

    • June 8, 2013 - Urbano Morale
    • October 16, 2013 - Christopher Eric Augustin
    • November 18, 2013 - Wayne Allen Courtright, Jr.
    • February 14, 2014 - Everardo Romo
  • December 22, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant, RAMIRO RAMIREZ, 34, of Santa Rosa, California was sentenced today to 90 days in county jail and 100 community service hours for the inhumane treatment to his elderly black lab “Shadow”.
  • December 22, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that on Friday, December 19 th defendant Trevor Tomei, 47-years-old of Petaluma ,  was sentenced for felony stalking in front of the Honorable Rene Chouteau.
  • December 22, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that on Friday, December 19 th defendant Scott Paul Goree, 66, of Petaluma pleaded no contest to charges of possession of cocaine for sale, possession of Hydrocodone, and possession of more than 1000 grams of cocaine.  In addition, he admitted an enhancement which alleged he possessed more than 28.5 grams of cocaine for sale.  This enhancement required the sentencing court to impose a prison sentence unless the case was, “an unusual case where the interests of justice would be served.”
  • December 19, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that yesterday Jessica Angelique Cooper, 43-years-old, was convicted by jury of First Degree Burglary and Bringing Methamphetamine and a Syringe in to the Main Adult Detention Facility.

  • December 18, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that 38-year-old Rafael Ochoa of Santa Rosa was sentenced earlier today in Sonoma County Superior Court for felony corporal injury on a cohabitant with great bodily injury and felony assault with great bodily injury.
  • December 15, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant, Eilleen Madayag, 43 of Vallejo, California pled guilty to felony embezzlement and admitted two enhancements (theft of over $100,000 and presumptive prison) on December 10, 2014, and stipulated to a 28 month sentence, which includes a 14 month prison term, 14 months on mandatory supervision, and repayment of all money stolen. Madayag was charged with multiple counts of theft by embezzlement, computer crimes, possession of stolen identities, and forgery.
  • December 10, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant, Christopher Matheson, 37, of Penngrove, California 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.
  • December 8, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Heather Anne Howell, 30, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert M. LaForge to a term of 15 years to life for the murder of Jesse Rodriguez Garcia, also of Santa Rosa.
  • November 21, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the Board of Parole Hearings on November 20, 2014 denied parole for two separate Sonoma County woman who were sentenced to life in prison and are currently incarcerated at the California Institute for Women.  Nicole Bradley, 36, of Santa Rosa, was denied parole and referred for another parole hearing in five years.  Patricia Kirk, 51 of Santa Rosa, was also denied parole and referred for another hearing in three years.
  • November 21, 2014

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on November 19, 2014, Jesus Sanchez Chaves, 43, was convicted after a jury trial of sexually assaulting his 12-year-old step-daughter in August of 2013.

    District Attorney Ravitch stated, "We are pleased with the jury's verdict in this very serious incident. The victimization of a family member by this predator is tragic. We hope that her healing will be aided by this outcome."

  • November 20, 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), completed their distribution of $1 million worth of food to food banks throughout the State of California.
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