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  • 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 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.
  • September 19, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that Nicholas Tognozzi, 30, was sentenced to three years felony probation and one year in the county jail this morning in the Sonoma County Superior Court. On August 20, 2014, Mr. Tognozzi pled “no contest” to two counts of Penal Code Section 192(c)(1), vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and admitted a separate allegation under Penal Code Section 12022.7(c) for inflicting great bodily injury upon a third individual
  • September 19, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Julia Katherine Franzen, 26, of Sebastopol, entered a “no contest” plea to second degree murder in connection with the killing of her mother Nancy Parisi Franzen on February 4, 2013. At a subsequent court trial, Judge Jaime Thistlethwaite found that the defendant was legally insane at the time she committed the offense. Nancy Franzen was found stabbed to death at the home she shared with her daughter, the defendant, in Sebastopol.
  • September 18, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Leslie Becker, age 58, was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Medivgy, over the People’s objection, to 3 years of formal probation, and one year of county jail for embezzling at least $188,672 from her deceased partner’s trust.
  • September 16, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that on September 15, 2014, defendant Charles Livingstone Cole, 55, of Petaluma was sentenced by the Honorable Dana Beernink-Simonds to four years in state prison, the maximum time under the law, for his third felony DUI in 10 years. This conviction was actually his ninth DUI conviction since 1980.
  • September 16, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Rogelio Carlos Zaragoza, 29 year old resident of Santa Rosa was sentenced today by the Honorable Rene A. Chouteau to 75 years to life for the rape and kidnapping of three separate victims.  On August 18, 2014, a Sonoma County jury found Mr. Zaragoza guilty of three counts of Rape in Concert, one count of Kidnapping for the Purposes of Rape and Felony Assault.  The jury also found true that Mr. Zaragoza kidnapped all three victims increasing the risk of harm to them.
  • September 12, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Damodar Chandradas pled guilty today to 14 felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence causing great bodily injury and paralysis, and transporting methamphetamine and cocaine for the purposes of sales with a loaded firearm. The Honorable Judge Julie Conger presided over the hearing.
  • September 9, 2014
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on September 9, 2014, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to Mario Gaburel, 43, of Santa Rosa, who was convicted of the attempted murder of four people in 1997.
  • 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.
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