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  • 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.
  • November 18, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Lynn Jane Johnston, 62, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Judge Simonds. On September 9, 2014, Johnston pled no contest and was found guilty of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more.
  • November 18, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Jesse Martin Cockrill, 25, of Petaluma, was sentenced to 5 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for driving a vehicle while intoxicated and causing a head-on traffic collision that killed a 65 year old Vallejo woman and injured her 8 year old granddaughter. The sentence was pronounced yesterday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court by the Honorable Dana Simonds.
  • November 12, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that 38-year-old Rafael Ochoa of Santa Rosa entered no contest pleas today to felony corporal injury on a cohabitant with great bodily injury, and felony assault with great bodily injury. Ochoa also admitted to having served two previous terms in prison. As part of his conviction it was stipulated that Ochoa will receive 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced on December 18, 2014 by the Honorable Shelly Averill. Further, because the offenses are considered to be “violent felonies” under the law, the defendant will serve at least 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for release.
  • November 10, 2014
    A convicted child molester was denied parole after a lengthy hearing at the Department of Corrections on November 5, 2014. Sentenced in 1999 to 15 years to life for rape of a child under 14 years old, Carl Dick (age 54) was denied parole for an additional 5 years.
  • November 10, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Ramiro Ramirez, 34, of Santa Rosa pled guilty to a felony Animal Cruelty charge stemming from the incident that occurred last spring.
  • November 6, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on Defendant Andy Ruben Navarro, 51. Santa Rosa, was sentenced November 5, 2014, by the Honorable Robert LaForge to 25-years- to-life in state prison after pleading no contest to 3 counts of Residential Burglary, 3 counts of Arson, 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property, and 1 count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Navarro also admitted four prior “strike” convictions. The sentence was consistent with the term the court had previously indicated he would grant at the time the defendant entered his plea on September 26th of this year.
  • November 3, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Damodar Chandradas, age 26, of San Francisco was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for the October 29, 2013, vehicular crash on Highway 121 in Sonoma that killed one and injured two others.
  • November 3, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Franklin Lee, 40 of Santa Rosa was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to 14 years in state prison for his conviction to multiple charges of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 14.
  • October 31, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Mark Antonio Padilla, 21, of Turlock, CA was found guilty of robbery by a jury on October 29, 2014 after a five day jury trial.
  • October 29, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that those arrested for DUI in Sonoma County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The $ 421,312 grant to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office will fund a Vertical Prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through sentencing.
  • October 29, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Alberto Morales-Castillo, 33 years old, was sentenced to prison for 30 years to life. Morales-Castillo had been found guilty of making a criminal threat at a jury trial in April of this year; in a court trial that followed, Morales Castillo’s three prior strike convictions were found to be true. Judge Robert LaForge pronounced the sentence today.
  • October 20, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Lance Evan Guyan, 31, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on October 14, 2014 by the Honorable Judge Robert LaForge to serve ten months in jail, and 36 months of formal probation, based on his conviction related to an unlawful marijuana operation and money laundering charges. Guyan pleaded no contest on August 27, 2014, to two felony charges of providing a place for the unlawful cultivation, distribution, and possession for sale of marijuana, and three counts of money laundering, as well as admitting that he was out on bail at the time he committed the later offenses.
  • October 14, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Joshua Charles Woods, 25, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced to serve seven years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for committing a robbery in which he pointed a replica hand gun at his victim’s head. The sentence was pronounced this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court by the Honorable Rene Chouteau.
  • September 30, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Vladimir Sotelo-Urena, 32 years old, transient from Las Vegas, Nevada, was convicted by jury of Murder in the First Degree, and an additional allegation for use of a knife was also found to be true.
  • September 25, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Norberto Ramirez Perez, 36 of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Julie Conger to five years in State Prison. On July 3, 2014, Perez was convicted, following a jury trial, of driving while under the influence of alcohol and causing injury as well as driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% per more and causing injury. Due to the seriousness of the injuries caused by Perez, those charges were treated as felony offenses. The jury also found true that Perez's blood alcohol level was greater than 0.15%, and that Perez personally inflicted great bodily injury on his passenger. Perez was also convicted of a third charge related to driving without a license.
  • September 24, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her Office’s Environmental and Consumer Law Division has resolved a civil environmental enforcement case involving an underground storage tank at the Valero gas station, located at 532 East Washington in Petaluma.
  • September 24, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that Daniel James Armstrong Rauer was sentenced on September 22, 2014 by the Honorable Lawrence Ornell after pleading no contest on August 29, 2014 to a violation of Penal Code section 192(c)(2), misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
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