Press Release Index


May 11, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Defendants Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Abduction and Brutal Sexual Assault of Jane Doe

Defendants Christian May Quintero and Fredi Alberto Lopez-Flores, 28 and 37, were sentenced today to life in prison for the abduction and violent sexual attack of Jane Doe. District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Two violent predators have been brought to justice today. Given the defendants’ vicious behavior, the maximum sentences are entirely appropriate in this case.” Read full story


May 9, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Santa Rosa Man Sentenced to Maximum Term in Prison for Assaulting Elderly Victim in Her Home

Defendant Tai Kincaid, 44 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Thursday May 5th by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve eight years and eight months in state prison after pleading “no contest” in March to charges of residential burglary of an elderly victim, assaulting an elderly victim with a deadly weapon, and evading law enforcement. Read full story


April 29, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Funding for 2022 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that her office has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2022 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Read full story


April 22, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Guerneville Man Sentenced to Maximum Term in Prison for Assaulting an Elderly Victim

Defendant David Bowen Farwell, 35 years old of Guerneville, was sentenced yesterday in Sonoma County Superior Court by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to serve eight years in state prison after being found guilty by a jury in February of assaulting an elderly victim. Read full story


April 14, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Bodega Man Sentenced to 10 Years Prison For Multiple Felony Sex Offenses

Defendant Peter Duranceau, 26 years old of Bodega Bay, was sentenced on Monday April 11th by the Honorable Troye Shaffer to serve ten years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in February of this year to ten felony sex offenses. Read full story


April 11, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

PG&E Resolves Prosecution of Kincade Fire

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Pacific Gas & Electric Company (“PG&E”) entered into a Stipulated Judgment to resolve pending criminal and civil charges against of PG&E related to causing the 2019 Kincade Fire. The Judgment, approved by the Honorable Patrick Broderick, orders PG&E to implement numerous wildfire safety measures in Sonoma County. PG&E’s compliance with these safety measures will be reviewed and monitored by a team of independent experts in the energy field for the next five years. Read full story


March 30, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Denied Parole for 2006 Sonoma County Murder

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate David Allen Sims, 42 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole following a hearing held on March 29, 2022 at California State Prison, Folsom. Read full story


March 18, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Co-Defendants Convicted of Multiple Rape Counts

Defendants Christian May Quintero and Fredi Alberto Lopez-Flores, 28 and 37 years old respectively, were convicted today after a one-month-long jury trial, presided over by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg.District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was a tragic case, and the young victim showed incredible strength testifying and facing her attackers. We appreciate the jury’s time and thoughtful deliberations.” Read full story


March 15, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced to Serve 125 Years-to-Life in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Two Victims

Defendant Cecilio Castaneda, 55 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 125 years-to-life in state prison after being found guilty by a Sonoma County jury in November of last year of multiple counts of molesting two young children. Following the 2 week-long trial the jury found the defendant guilty of all charges and enhancements. Read full story


February 17, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Double Murderer Denied Parole

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate William Barton, 66 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole following a hearing held earlier today at California State Prison, Sacramento.<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"></span> Read full story