Santa Rosa, CA – 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. Following the trials Seeman was found guilty of
12 felonies including attempted sexual assault with a weapon, attempted
kidnapping for purposes of sexual assault, commercial burglary, attempted
murder of a peace officer, several counts of “gassing” (throwing bodily fluids
while incarcerated), and obstructing law enforcement officers in the
performance of their duties.
The initial charges were the result of the
defendant’s attack of a barista at a Forestville coffee shop in July 2018
during which the defendant attempted to drag the victim into the bathroom by
force while holding a nail to her neck, all while threatening to kill her if
she did not comply. The victim fought back and was eventually assisted by a
customer, who the defendant then physically fought and threatened. The
defendant was immediately arrested and booked into the county jail. While in
custody, the defendant engaged in a series of violent attacks against custodial
officers working within the Main Adult Detention Facility. The defendant
committed multiple acts of “gassing” against officers attending to their
regular duties. On July 10, 2019, the defendant lunged at a deputy who entered
his cell for routine maintenance services. The defendant attempted to stab the
deputy in the neck with an extremely sharp, handmade weapon. Following a
struggle, the defendant was disarmed. While being escorted to the courtroom for
jury trial on the sexual assault charges on September 17, 2019, the defendant
attacked the handling deputy and attempted to grab his duty weapon.
In addition to the life sentence, the defendant
was ordered to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District
Attorney Laura Passaglia, assisted by District Attorney Investigators
Robyn Katz and Greg Wojcik, and by Victim Witness Advocate Alex Perry.
All investigations were handled by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.