Santa Rosa, CA – June 26, 2019 – Defendant Yacob
Dawit Dain, 33 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable
Bradford J. DeMeo to serve 30 years, plus 27 years-to-life in prison for his role
in a home invasion robbery committed on October 18, 2017. Dain was found
guilty by a jury in February of this year of home invasion robbery, first
degree burglary, kidnapping, assault with a firearm, and four counts of false
imprisonment. Dain’s two prior “strike” convictions, and two prior
serious felony convictions were found true by the Court.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant was a central figure in a calculated
and organized assault on an innocent family. The sentence reflects the
violent crimes committed as well as the significant criminal background of this
incident Dain and three other suspects entered the victim’s home through a
kitchen window. The defendants pointed firearms at all family members, including
a 10 year old child. The family was assaulted and had their lives
threatened as the suspects stole money, guns, jewelry, and marijuana.
Dain was pulled-over shortly thereafter with some of the victims’ personal
items in his car. The other three suspects were never captured.
sentenced the defendant to the maximum sentence allowed, basing his decision on
the serious and violent nature of the crime. The Court further pointed-out that
the family was deeply affected, particularly because the crime occurred during
the Sonoma County wildfires.
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Tania Partida, assisted by District
Attorney Investigator Gregory Wojcik, and Santa Rosa Police Detectives Vaughn
Andrews and Jason Jucatan.