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  • Published on April 9, 2021
    Defendant Troy Kobylinski, 30 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Philip Pennypacker to serve 16 years 4 months in state prison for his September, 19 2020 crime spree across Sonoma County.

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that after a thorough investigation, her office today initiated criminal proceedings against Pacific Gas and Electric Company ("PG&E") for its role in causing the 2019 Kincade Fire. The criminal complaint, filed with the Sonoma County Superior Court, alleges that PG&E recklessly caused the fire that started on the night of October 23, 2019 at the Geysers Geothermal Field northeast of Geyserville. Specifically, the complaint charges PG&E with 5 felonies and 28 misdemeanors, including unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in great bodily injury, unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in the burning of inhabited structures, and unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in the burning of forest land, as well as various air pollution crimes.

  • Published on April 2, 2021

    Defendant Austin McClure, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 7 years in state prison after pleading no contest in March to charges of felony domestic assault and forgery.

  • Published on March 26, 2021

    Defendant Ethan Dean Holbrook, 28 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 25, 2021 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to 7 years and 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony domestic battery using a deadly weapon.

  • Published on March 25, 2021

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the gunman and getaway driver in a September 2020 shooting near the Healdsburg Railroad Depot, were sentenced this morning by the Honorable Shelly J. Averill in Sonoma County Superior Court.

  • Published on March 18, 2021

    Defendant Alberto Ramon Martinez, 25 year old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 18, 2021 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve six years and four months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony domestic battery against his girlfriend. Additionally, he admitted to having two prior domestic violence related convictions within the last seven years.

  • Published on March 8, 2021
    Defendant Matthew Meloche, 41 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded guilty today to one count of felony false imprisonment before the Honorable Peter Ottenweller for an incident that occurred in February of last year involving his then girlfriend.

  • Published on February 25, 2021

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the three adult defendants involved in a September 2020 shooting near the Healdsburg Railroad Depot in Healdsburg have pleaded “no contest” to felony offenses and were found guilty by the Honorable Shelly J. Averill in Sonoma County Superior Court.

  • Published on February 22, 2021

    Defendant Brandon Byron Cooper, 30 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 15 years to life in prison, plus an additional 9 years, after being found guilty of 3 felony sexual assault crimes in March of 2019 following a court trial. 

  • Published on February 17, 2021
    Defendant Michael Beltran, 25 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by the Honorable Robert Laforge to serve 15 years in state prison for his role in a gang-motivated shooting that occurred at Jacobs Park in June 2019. Beltran pled "no contest" to four counts of assault with a semi-automatic handgun in December of last year for the four victims that were struck when he and his younger brother confronted a perceived rival and his younger brother opened fire.
  • Published on February 11, 2021

    Defendant Betai Koffi, 33 years old of Southern California, was sentenced Thursday by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 3 years on felony probation and spend 12 months in county jail after pleading "no contest" to multiple felony counts of assault for a string of crimes that he committed while under the influence of LSD in Bodega Bay on July 4, 2019. 

  • Published on February 10, 2021

    The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office has recently been awarded a federal grant in the amount of $340,000 by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a subdivision of the US Department of Justice, to assist with the investigation and prosecution of opioid-related crimes committed in Sonoma County.

  • Published on February 9, 2021

    On Friday, February 5, 2021 following a contested hearing, the Honorable Peter Ottenweller denied a motion for a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon brought by convicted sex offender Matthew David Phillips, 46 years old of Santa Rosa, related to his 2008 felony sex convictions.

  • Published on February 2, 2021

    Defendant Israel Fabian Fuentes, 34 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today  by the Honorable Shelly Averill to serve 9 years in state prison after pleading guilty in May of last year to charges of felony infliction of corporal injury on his pregnant girlfriend, the mother of his three year old child, and admitting an enhancement for causing great bodily injury. 

  • Published on January 22, 2021

    Diane Sandahl, 77 years-old of Sebastopol, was ordered to pay $10,103.67 to the Sonoma County CHANGE organization, on January 21, 2021 after a restitution hearing in front of the Honorable Troye Shaffer.

  • Published on January 15, 2021

    Defendant Nancy Jeannethe Serrano, 26 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to 3 years in state prison by the Honorable Mark Urioste following her convictions in November of last year for leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular manslaughter, and driving on a suspended license. 

  • Published on January 15, 2021

    Defendant Andrew Paul Flolo, 20 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Shelly Averill to serve 20 years in prison after entering a no-contest plea last November to six felony offenses involving the human trafficking of a minor. 

  • Published on December 4, 2020
    Defendant Joseph Fraga Rafael, 67 years old of Cloverdale, was ordered to pay $76,816.79 in restitution to the Sonoma County Change Organization (CHANGE,) a non-profit dedicated to preventing equine abuse.
  • Published on December 4, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Nathan Christian Wandrey, 48 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve 756 years in prison
  • Published on December 2, 2020
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that Marsha Lucien has been selected as the new Executive Director for the Family Justice Center of Sonoma County, effective December 1, 2020.  

  • Published on November 23, 2020
    Defendant Joseph Michael Simmons, 39-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on November 19, 2020 by the Honorable Dana Simonds for multiple misdemeanor indecent exposure incidents committed while Simmons was on parole.  

  • Published on November 13, 2020
    Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office received a $255,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a special team to prosecute alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases.   

  • Published on November 6, 2020
    Today an Indictment by a Sonoma County Criminal Grand Jury was unsealed charging former Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Blount with two felony charges for his role in the death of David Glen Ward, which occurred on November 27, 2019.

  • Published on October 29, 2020

    Michael Silva, 37, of Cazadero pled guilty to three felony counts related to environmental violations on property where he was growing 1,450 cannabis plants without environmental permits.

  • Published on October 21, 2020

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Thanh Van Nguyen, 69, of Santa Rosa was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Kenneth English for having an over limit of abalone in violation of F&G Code 5521.5(b).

  • Published on October 9, 2020
    Defendant Lonnie William Victory, 56 years old of Windsor, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve 50 years-to-life in prison after pleading no-contest in August to eight felony sex offenses.   

  • Published on October 9, 2020
    Last week marked the third anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Published on October 7, 2020
    Defendant Wayne Thomas, 64 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Friday, September 25th by the Honorable Troye Shaffer to the maximum sentence of one year in county jail after pleading no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for causing the death Sebastopol resident Guadalupe Martinez in 2018.

  • Published on October 7, 2020
    Defendant David Jimenez, 36 years old of Sonoma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Philip Pennypacker to serve 19 years in state prison after pleading guilty in August of this year to two charges of child molestation.  

  • Published on October 5, 2020

    District Attorneys Jill Ravitch announced that Tropical Seas, Inc. (“TS”) of Florida has agreed to resolve a civil environmental enforcement case filed by the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with 21 district attorney offices in California.

  • Published on October 5, 2020

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on September 29, 2020 Prison Inmate Vinh The Phang, now 60 years old, was once again denied parole by the California Board of Parole.

  • Published on October 1, 2020

    District Attorney Ravitch reminds all Sonoma County residents and businesses that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396, and her office will investigate and prosecute those that attempt to wrongfully profit from the destructive fires and from the pandemic.

  • Published on September 15, 2020

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced a $1.43 million settlement against Kelly-Moore Paint Company (Kelly-Moore) to resolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardous waste.

  • Published on September 3, 2020

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch, in conjunction with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, announced today that Varenna LLC, Oakmont Senior Living LLC, and Oakmont Management Group LLC, the owners and operators of Varenna and Villa Capri, two Residential Care Facilities For the Elderly located in Fountaingrove, settled a civil law enforcement action related to their conduct on the night of the Tubbs Fire in 2017.

  • Published on August 13, 2020
    Defendant Francisco Javier Gonzalez-Mejia, 22 years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 23 years, 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest in January to the charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony driving with a.08% blood alcohol content causing injury, and fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in death and serious bodily injury.

  • Published on August 12, 2020
    Defendants Jonathan Jackson 21 years old, David Ealey 25 years old, and Tyrone McRae 27 years old, all from Richmond Virginia, were sentenced today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve life sentences in state prison after having pled no contest to charges related to the 2018 home invasion robberies of two Sonoma County homes and the murder of one of the occupants Jose Torres.
  • Published on August 6, 2020
    Defendant Larry Robert Whyte, 71-year--old, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to serve 32 years, 4 months-to-life in state prison after having been convicted by a jury in January of committing 10 felony sex offenses against a child.
  • Published on July 30, 2020
    Defendant Sean Ryan McCarthy, 37 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve five years, four months in state prison after having pled no contest in January to charges of felony evading.
  • Published on July 24, 2020
    Defendant Aldair Esquivel-Zarza, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Shelly Averill to serve 8 years and 4 months in state prison following his plea to several sexual offenses against a minor.
  • Published on July 22, 2020
    Defendant William Drew Hodges, 54 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 33 years, 8 months in state prison after having been convicted in December last year of committing 11 separate robberies.
  • Published on July 21, 2020

    Defendant Moises Flores, 23 years old, was sentenced today by the Honorable Shelly Averill to serve 6 years in state prison after pleading no contest to one charge of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 in violation of Penal Code section 288(a).

  • Published on July 9, 2020
    Martin Dewitt, of Rohnert Park, CA was sentenced today by the Honorable Shelly Averill to serve 30 years-to-Life in prison. The sentence follows a guilty plea by Dewitt, in May of this year, to 15 charges of molestation, against two separate child victims.
  • Published on June 26, 2020
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that 2,735 Sonoma County marijuana convictions will be dismissed as part of a program initiated by her office with the assistance of the “Clear My Record” application, a state-wide software application that allows District Attorneys to securely and accurately evaluate eligibility for Proposition 64 relief by reading and interpreting criminal history data from the California Department of Justice.
  • Published on June 17, 2020

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant City Ventures Homebuilding, LLC (“CV”) has resolved a civil environmental enforcement action for water pollution and unlawful business practices during construction of new homes in the Fox Hollow subdivision

  • Published on June 2, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Bryon James Tibbals, 55 years-old of Nevada, was denied parole following a hearing earlier today in front of the California Board of Parole Hearings. In addition to denying parole, the Board determined that Tibbals must wait three additional years before his next hearing.
  • Published on June 2, 2020
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on May 27, 2020, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 69 year old Michael Carson, who, along with his wife Susan Carson, was convicted in the early 1980’s of committing three separate murders in the counties of Sonoma, San Francisco and Humboldt.
  • 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.

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