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February 19, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Man whoStrangled Wife Denied Medical Parole

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 Read full story


February 19, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Grading in Santa RosaCreek Tributary Results in $50,000 Penalty and Prohibits Sale of Property

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. Read full story


February 19, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Drug Impaired DriverSentenced to Year in Jail

Defendant Eric Vangelder, 56 years old of Geyserville, was sentenced on February 14thto 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. Read full story


February 19, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Two Year Jail Sentence in Two-Victim Vehicular Manslaughter

Defendant Christopher Shuman, 32 years old of Napa, wassentenced yesterday to serve two years in county jail by the Honorable NancyShaffer after a jury found him guilty in January of two counts of misdemeanorvehicular manslaughter for causing the deaths of Richard and Fay Steinhart.Shuman’s sentence also reflected his subsequent no contest pleas for drivingduring the incident with a suspended license (which had been suspended for twoprior DUI offenses.) Read full story


February 18, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Press Statement Regarding Ice Arrest at SonomaCounty Court House

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. Read full story


February 11, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Santa Rosa Man Sentenced for Murder and Attempted Murder

Defendant Ricardo Puentes II was sentenced on February 10,2020, by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve 74 years-to-life in stateprison for the murder of Semere Girmai, and the attempted murder of RafaelChavez after having been found guilty by a jury in June of 2018. Read full story


February 7, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Found Guilty of Indecent Exposure in Santa Rosa

On January 31,a Sonoma County jury found defendant Malik Rashaad Turner, 21 years old ofSanta Rosa, guilty of indecent exposure stemming from an incident on June 1,2019, where the defendant was witnessed by multiple people masterbating atOlive Park while standing on playground equipment. Read full story


February 5, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Annapolis Man Sentenced for 2018 Domestic ViolenceIncident & 2019 Criminal Threat Against a Deputy Sheriff

Defendant Edgar UrielFigueroa Garcia, 35 years old of Annapolis, was sentenced today by the HonorableBradford DeMeo to serve three years and eight months in state prison afterhaving pled guilty in November of last year to two felony charges for assaulton his then pregnant girlfriend, and threats to kill a Sonoma County DeputySheriff. Read full story


January 28, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Petaluma Man Sentenced to One Hundred Years-to-Life for Molesting Two Children

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. Read full story


January 24, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

SocorroSierra Sentenced to Life Without Possibility of Parole For Murder of CloverdaleMan

DefendantSocorro Sierra, 35 years old of Healdsburg,was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds for the 2018 murder of JoseEvelio Martinez, a 46 year old resident of Cloverdale and longtime employee ofFriedman’s Home Improvement. Read full story