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August 12, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Convicted of Attempted Murder of Elderly Rohnert Park Man While Wearing Trump Mask and Santa Disguise Sentenced to Life in Prison

Defendant Gerald Jacinth, 76 years-old of Las Vegas, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve the maximum term of 30 years-to-life in state prison after being found guilty by a jury in July of this year of charges of premeditated attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. The jury also found “true” allegations that Jacinth discharged a firearm and inflicted great bodily injury. Read full story


August 5, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Rinehart Oil Settles Environmental Complaint Arising Out of Tanker Truck Spill

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her Environmental and Consumer Law Division (ECLD) has reached a settlement with Rinehart Oil, and driver Charles Pacheco, for environmental harm caused when one of the tankers overturned on Highway 121 in November of 2019 causing petroleum to spill into a nearby waterway.  Read full story


July 29, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Hugh Reimers and Krasilsa Pacific Farms, LLC Settle Environmental Complaint for $925,000

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office has reached a settlement agreement with Hugh Reimers and Krasilsa Pacific Farms, LLC to settle a legal action arising out of unpermitted work on property located in Cloverdale which caused significant environmental damage. Read full story


July 22, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Sentencing in Murder of Santa Rosa Man

Defendant Carlos Martinez-Carceres, 23, was sentenced by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 15 years to life for the murder of Howard Quick, Jr., after Martinez-Carceres entered a no contest plea to second degree murder. Read full story


July 20, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Sex Offender Sentenced to 25 years to Life for Multiple Sexual Assaults Against Underaged Victims

On July 13, 2022, Defendant Emmanuel Cortes-Torres, 25 of Santa Rosa, CA, was sentenced by the Honorable Troye Shaffer to an indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life following his plea to several counts of sexual assault of a minor. Read full story


July 14, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Parole Denied in the 2012 Alcohol and Drug-Fueled Killing of Jesse Garcia

Heather Anne Howell, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole earlier today following a scheduled hearing in front of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations Board of Parole Hearings. This was the initial parole hearing for Howell, who is serving a sentence of 15-years-to-life for the killing Jesse Garcia, also of Santa Rosa. Read full story


July 13, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Petaluma Man Sentenced to 4 Years State Prison for Fatal Collision

Defendant James Thomas Watkins, 43 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Judge Bradford J. Demeo to serve 4 years in state prison after a jury returned a guilty verdict against him in May to charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with a collision he caused in September of 2020 which resulted in the death of Mario Gongora Castaneda. Read full story


July 8, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Las Vegas Man Convicted by Sonoma County Jury for Attempted Murder of Elder Victim

On July 6, 2022, a Sonoma County jury found defendant Gerald Jacinth guilty of charges of premeditated attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. They also found true enhancements for personal use of a firearm and inflicting great bodily injury. Read full story


June 22, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Former Santa Rosa Chiropractor Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Batteries on Patients

Defendant Darius Bunyad, 41 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced Monday, June 21 by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve ten years in state prison (the maximum eligible sentence under the law) after being found guilty by a jury in 2017 of committing six counts of felony sexual battery by fraud, and multiple additional misdemeanor offenses. Read full story


June 8, 2022 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Assault with A Deadly Weapon and Violation of Court Order

Defendant Dennis Marrow, 26 years old of Sonoma County, was sentenced June 8, 2022 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 7 years in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and violating a court order. Additionally, he admitted to having one prior “strike” conviction. Read full story