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  • 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.
  • June 20, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Domingo Guzman Tamayo, Jr., 34, of Santa Rosa, was found guilty on June 18, 2014, by the Honorable Rene Chouteau after pleading no contest to felony charges including possession of marijuana for sale while armed with a firearm, cultivation of marijuana, and child endangerment, and admitting he had a previous prison conviction. As part of his plea agreement, Tamayo will be sentenced on July 18, 2014, to five years, four months imprisonment.
  • June 20, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendants Devante Raushad Love, 21, and Ricardo Davalos, 22, both of Santa Rosa, were sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite.   Davalos, who pled guilty to felony assault, was granted a sentence of three years formal probation and ordered to serve eight months in jail, which was the result of plea negotiations with the District Attorney’s Office.  Love, who pled guilty to robbery with an enhancement because the victim was elderly, was also granted probation over the objection of the District Attorney’s Office.
  • May 30, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Jeffrey Scott Holzworth, 52, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on May 29, 2014, by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to serve four years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony embezzlement of over $100,000 from the Santa Rosa Junior College.
  • May 23, 2014
    The Family Justice Center Sonoma County has been awarded $70,000 by the John Jordan Foundation to allow for the continuation of a broad array of family violence services. Working in the arena of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and elder abuse, the Family Justice Center has provided services to more than 2,500 individuals since opening the doors in 2011, including almost 1400 clients in 2013.
  • May 21, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that a Sonoma County jury found defendant Thomas Earl Putney, 45, of Santa Rosa, to be a sexually violent predator.
  • May 16, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that her office is continuing the investigative process in the tragic shooting death of Andy Lopez. Ravitch said she “wanted to put out this update because of public speculation regarding the timeline for our legal determination.”
  • May 15, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Dyke Clyde Dewitt, 65, of Cloverdale, a former teacher’s aide at Cloverdale High School, pleaded no contest to charges he molested three teenage boys, two of whom were students at the school. Dewitt entered no contest pleas on May 7, 2014, to eight counts of lewd acts on the minors and one count of possessing child pornography. Under an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, he will be sentenced to 11 years, four months in state prison when he is sentenced on July 3, 2014.
  • May 14, 2014
    On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Santa Rosa Police Department graduated approximately 60 Cook Middle School students from the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.). The graduations marked the end of two simultaneous 13-week courses focused on the prevention of delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
  • May 13, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Brian S. Icke, 54, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced to six years in prison for the sexual assault of a patient. On January 29, 2014, a Sonoma County jury found defendant Icke guilty of felony sexual assault and misdemeanor sexual battery. Mr. Icke faced a maximum eight year state prison sentence. After hearing the parties’ presentations at today’s sentencing hearing, the Honorable Rene Chouteau sentenced Icke to the mid-term of six years imprisonment. He is also required to register as a sex offender for life.
  • May 12, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch confirmed by correspondence with Michael Meehan, the attorney for Mark Cappello, that the pending murder case against Cappello calls for seeking the death penalty. “Given the facts of the case, as well as input from the death Review Committee and the victims’ family members, I have decided that this case warrants seeking the ultimate penalty,” said Ravitch. “It will be up to a jury of Sonoma County residents to determine whether the death penalty is appropriate in this case involving the alleged execution of three unarmed individuals for the purpose of financial gain,” Ravitch added
  • May 1, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on April 30, 2014, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the fourth time to 46 year old Frank Rollin Pearson Jr., who was convicted of the brutal rape and 1st degree murder of an 83 year old woman in 1987.
  • April 29, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced her office is still completing the investigative process in the tragic shooting death of Andy Lopez. Today marks the 90th day since the District Attorney’s Office received the initial investigative reports from the Santa Rosa Police Department. Ravitch said she “is mindful that the community is anxious for my office to reach our legal determination and that 90 days is the guideline that we endeavor to meet in these cases.
  • April 22, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant CPI International, Inc., a company that makes environmental standards and testing products, along with former corporate officers David Hejl and Robin Fowler, resolved a civil case alleging violations of disposal and treatment of hazardous waste, agreeing to pay $135,000 in civil penalties.
  • April 18, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) Office of Law Enforcement, a branch of the United States Department of Commerce, has honored environmental prosecutor Ann Gallagher White for enforcement work in protecting creeks and sensitive habitat.
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