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  • Published on May 15, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Charles Edgar Thomas, 75-year-old from Cloverdale, was found unsuitable for parole release by the Board of Parole Hearings today.
  • Published on May 1, 2020

    Prison inmate Oscar Perez, age 34, of Santa Rosa was denied early release on parole after a contested hearing held remotely via Zoom before the Board of Prison Terms on Thursday, April 30th, 2020.

  • Published on April 23, 2020

    The conviction of 52-year old Timothy Marble, of Napa, CA, sentenced to serve life in prison without possibility of parole for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 13-year old Napa County girl, was upheld on appeal yesterday in a decision by the California Court of Appeal.

  • Published on April 14, 2020

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that on April 14, 2020 the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to Fidencio Chavez, 57 years old, who was convicted in 1992 of first degree murder for the killing of victim Frank Tassara.

  • Published on March 9, 2020

    Defendant Javier Rodriguez-Lopez, 21 years old of Pittsburg, CA, was sentenced earlier today by Sonoma County Court Commissioner Troye Shaffer to serve one month in jail and spend three years on probation after having pled no contest in February to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and misdemeanor driving without a license.

  • Published on March 5, 2020

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today issued a consumer alert warning that price gouging on consumer goods or medical supplies is prohibited under Penal Code Section 396 while under a State of Emergency due to the novel Coronavirus. 

  • Published on March 4, 2020

    Defendant Franklin Rodriguez, 28 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty in January to the charge of possessing child pornography after having previously been convicted for the sexual assault of a child.

  • Published on February 19, 2020

    Defendant Christopher Shuman, 32 years old of Napa, was sentenced yesterday to serve two years in county jail by the Honorable Nancy Shaffer after a jury found him guilty in January of two counts of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for causing the deaths of Richard and Fay Steinhart. Shuman’s sentence also reflected his subsequent no contest pleas for driving during the incident with a suspended license (which had been suspended for two prior DUI offenses.) 

  • Published on February 19, 2020
    Defendant Eric Vangelder, 56 years old of Geyserville , was sentenced on February 14, 2020 to serve a year in jail by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading no contest in January of this year to felony reckless evading of law enforcement, and driving under the influence of drugs.

  • Published on February 19, 2020
    Salvatore Latora, who owns property located at 670 Willowside Road in Santa Rosa, was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $50,000 ($25,000 for streambed alteration and $25,000 for water pollution) for unpermitted grading activity in a tributary to Santa Rosa Creek after a court ordered a default judgement against Latora on December 20, 2019.

  • Published on February 19, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Dean Howard Eliason Jr., 72 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied medical parole last week by the California Board of Parole Hearings
  • Published on February 18, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi, and County Counsel Bruce Goldstein condemn the recent arrest of  at least three individuals in and around the Sonoma County Superior Court on Tuesday February 18, 2020 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Agents.
  • Published on February 11, 2020
    Defendant Ricardo Puentes II was sentenced on February 10, 2020, by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve 74 years-to-life in state prison for the murder of Semere Girmai, and the attempted murder of Rafael Chavez after having been found guilty by a jury in June of 2018.
  • Published on February 7, 2020
    On January 31, a Sonoma County jury found defendant Malik Rashaad Turner, 21 years old of Santa Rosa, guilty of indecent exposure stemming from an incident on June 1, 2019.
  • Published on February 5, 2020

    Defendant Edgar Uriel Figueroa Garcia, 35 years old of Annapolis, was sentenced today by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to serve three years and eight months in state prison after having pled guilty in November of last year to two felony charges for assault on his then pregnant girlfriend, and threats to kill a Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff.

  • Published on January 28, 2020

    Defendant Pedro Ibanez, 46 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced earlier today to serve one hundred years-to-life in state prison by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo after having been found guilty by a jury in November of last year to four felony counts of child molestation with enhancements for having multiple victims under the age of 14. 

  • Published on January 24, 2020
    Defendant Socorro Sierra, 35 years old of Healdsburg, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds for the 2018 murder of Jose Evelio Martinez, a 46 year old resident of Cloverdale and longtime employee of Friedman’s Home Improvement.
  • Published on January 17, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that following a Wednesday hearing held at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, defendant Gregory L. Gossett, 58 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole by the California Department of Corrections Board of Parole Hearings.
  • Published on January 16, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole yesterday to 38 year old Pascual Jorge Pilotzi, who was convicted in 2007 of the aggravated sexual assault of an 8 year old girl.
  • Published on January 8, 2020
    Defendant Jaime Tapia-Vasquez, 38 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 3 years and 8 months in state prison after having pled “no contest” in September of last year to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest with force, as well as misdemeanor charges of battery on a peace officer and brandishing a replica firearm.
  • Published on December 30, 2019

    Defendant Robert Anthony Ventura, 45 years old of Santa Rosa, was summarily sentenced to six years in state prison on Thursday, December 26, by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading no contest to one count of felony domestic assault, and one count of felony vandalism.  

  • Published on December 26, 2019
    Defendant Sean Seeman, 27 years old of New York and Alabama, and recently transient in Santa Rosa, was sentenced Tuesday morning by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 29 years and 6 months-to-life in state prison after having been convicted of multiple felonies in two separate jury trials earlier this year.
  • Published on December 19, 2019
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office, along with the District Attorneys of Alameda, Los Angeles and Napa Counties, settled a civil consumer protection action against a California company known as Fashion Nova, Inc. The judgment was filed in Alameda County Superior Court.
  • Published on December 18, 2019
    Defendant Yonas Tesfai Gebremariam, 40 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday to serve 18 years, plus 27 years-to-life in state prison following his conviction by a jury in April of committing multiple felonies related to a February 2017 shooting at a Santa Rosa residence.
  • Published on December 18, 2019
    Martin Fonseca, 55 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to serve 24 years in state prison after having been convicted by a jury in June of this year of eight counts of Lewd Acts Upon a Child, against three different children, all under the age of 14.
  • Published on December 16, 2019
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Carl Hoyt Gibson, 89 years old and formerly of Sonoma, was denied parole on December 12, 2019, at a hearing at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s California Healthcare Facility in Stockton.
  • Published on December 10, 2019

    Defendant Chad Allen Capitani, 48 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on December 5, 2019 to serve 8 years in state prison by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading in October of this year to charges of possession of child pornography. 

  • Published on December 10, 2019

    Defendant Bernabe Ramirez Martinez, 28 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Monday by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to serve 35 years and 4 months in state prison for his actions in three separate felonies committed over a two year period.

  • Published on December 9, 2019

    Santa Rosa communities are continuing to rebuild and although the Contractors State License Board's (CSLB) attention has been focused on protecting disaster survivors from being victimized by unlicensed contractors, folks not directly affected by the wildfires should also stay on their guard when hiring someone for home improvement work. 

  • Published on December 5, 2019
    Defendant Lawrence Reed, 34 of Vallejo, CA, was denied parole Tuesday following a “youthful offender” hearing held at Pelican Bay state Prison in front of the State Board of Parole Hearings.
  • Published on November 22, 2019

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that PS Orangeco, Inc., the owner and operator of Public Storage self-storage rental facilities, agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, approved and ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Patrick M. Broderick.

  • Published on November 21, 2019

    Defendant Randall Lewis Cover, 57 years old of Penngrove, was sentenced today by the Honorable Chris Honigsberg to serve nine years plus an additional fifteen years-to-life in state prison after he pled no-contest in September of this year to four counts of committing sex offenses against two separate child victims.  

  • Published on November 20, 2019
    Judge Robert LaForge sentenced Arent Daniel Julius Bradt to 15 years to life, plus one year consecutive for his use of a deadly weapon.
  • Published on November 18, 2019
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will enable the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office to continue a specialized team to prosecute alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. The $234,032 is for a one-year period from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
  • Published on November 1, 2019
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today issued a consumer alert reminding businesses, including hotels and landlords, that price gouging is prohibited under Penal Code Section 396 during the state of emergency resulting from the devastating wildfires that have swept through Sonoma County and the North Bay.
  • Published on October 23, 2019
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced the awarding of two Federal Grants totaling $1.6 Million to the Family Justice Center Sonoma County (FJCSC). The grants will be used to support ongoing services at the Family Justice Center.
  • Published on October 3, 2019

    Defendant Alejandro Tapia Garcia, 35 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to 31 years in state prison following his convictions in August of this year to charges of forcible rape of a child under the age of 14, and two counts of committing a forcible lewd or lascivious act upon a child younger than 14.   

  • Published on September 26, 2019
    51-year old Filemon Hernandez, of Petaluma, CA was sentenced to prison for a term of 24 years to life, for numerous sexual assault crimes involving a child under the age of 14.
  • Published on September 26, 2019
    Defendants Rene Espinoza Jr., 22-years-old, Maria Guadalupe Torres, 42 years old, and Rene Espinoza Martinez, 42 years old, all of Clearlake, were each sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to a life-term in prison following their July convictions for the 2017 murder of Antonio Botello Arreola.
  • Published on September 24, 2019
    After a month-long trial, a Sonoma County jury deliberated less than 5 hours before finding defendant Arent Daniel Julius Bradt guilty of second degree murder yesterday afternoon. In addition, the jury found “true” an enhancement alleging the defendant used a knife during the murder, making the defendant’s maximum exposure 16 years to life in state prison.
  • Published on September 18, 2019
    Defendant Courtney Michael Rudin, 75 year-old of Healdsburg, was sentenced today by the Honorable Barbara Phelan to 36 months of supervised probation and 60 days county jail after being found guilty at a jury trial on August 22, 2019.
  • Published on September 18, 2019

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on Friday, September 13, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 72-year-old Manuel Avalos Flores, who was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of 23-year-old Ricoberto Arroyo in 1981. 

  • Published on September 13, 2019
    On Thursday morning, the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg sentenced Santa Rosa Defendant Jose Lopez-Mendoza to serve an aggregate term of 8 years in state prison for his violent stabbing of two bouncers last year.
  • Published on August 29, 2019
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on August 28, 2019, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the seventh time to 59 year old Gary Allen Moore, who was convicted in 1990 of the second degree murder of a two year old child.
  • Published on August 29, 2019
    Defendant Selso Orozco, 38 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced Thursday by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to 23 years in state prison after having pled no contest in April of this year to four counts of armed robbery that he committed over a three-day period in October 2018.
  • Published on August 8, 2019

    Defendant Jessie James Graham was sentenced today by the Honorable Bradford Demeo to the maximum term of seven years in prison after a Sonoma County jury found him guilty in May of this year. The jury found the defendant guilty as charged of committing felony assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury.

  • Published on August 7, 2019
    Defendant Nery Estrada-Margos, 40 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Tuesday by the Honorable Bradford J. DeMeo to 9 years plus 25 years to life in state prison after having pled no contest in June to First Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon causing great bodily injury, and felony charges of Domestic Assault.
  • Published on July 30, 2019
    Defendant Nicholas Planty, 43 years old of Santa Rosa, CA, was sentenced today to serve 9 years in state prison by the Honorable Dana Simonds.
  • Published on July 29, 2019
    Defendant Logologoa Taumaloto Tevaseu, 37 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to a sentence of 3 years plus 15 years to life in prison for crimes he committed November 5, 2017.
  • Published on July 18, 2019
    Defendant Ryan Christopher Moore, 36 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced to serve 7 years, 8 months in state prison earlier today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller.
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