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September 3, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Owners and Operators of Varenna and Villa Capri Settle Law EnforcementAction Related to 2017 Tubbs Fire

District Attorney Jill Ravitch, in conjunctionwith California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, announced today that Varenna LLC,Oakmont Senior Living LLC, and Oakmont Management Group LLC, the owners andoperators of Varenna and Villa Capri, two Residential Care Facilities For theElderly located in Fountaingrove, settled a civil law enforcement actionrelated to their conduct on the night of the Tubbs Fire in 2017. Read full story


August 13, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced To 23 Years, 8 Months Prison

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. Read full story


August 12, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

CripGang Members Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder, Home Invasion Robberies

Defendants Jonathan Jackson 21 years old, DavidEaley 25 years old, and Tyrone McRae 27 years old, all from Richmond Virginia,were sentenced today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve lifesentences in state prison after having pled no contest to charges related tothe 2018 home invasion robberies of two Sonoma County homes and the murder ofone of the occupants Jose Torres. Read full story


August 6, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Child Molester Receives Life Sentence

Defendant LarryRobert Whyte, 71-year--old, was sentenced today by the Honorable PeterOttenweller to serve 32 years, 4 months-to-life in state prison after havingbeen convicted by a jury in January of committing 10 felony sex offensesagainst a child. Read full story


July 30, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Violent Felon Sentenced to Prison for Evading,Gun

DefendantSean Ryan McCarthy, 37 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by theHonorable Dana Simonds to serve five years, four months in state prison after havingpled no contest in January to charges of felony evading Read full story


July 24, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

22 Year Old Santa Rosa Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Molest

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. Read full story


July 22, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Serial Robber WhoTargeted Young Female Victims Sentenced to 33 Years, 8 Months State Prison

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. Read full story


July 21, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

23Year Old Man Sentenced to 6 years in Prison for Child Molest

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


July 9, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Rohnert Park Man Receives Life Sentence For Child Molestation

2147490884 2020-07-09 false Immediate Rohnert Park Man Receives Life Sentence For Child Molestation Santa Rosa CA 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 Ma Read full story


June 26, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Sonoma County DA Announces Dismissal of 2,735 Marijuana Convictions

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. Read full story