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  • 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.

  • 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.

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