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March 6, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Superior Court ofCalifornia County of Sonoma Appellate Division Affirms Conviction of GabrielleLemos and Michelle Lemos

The August 2016 “resisting arrest” convictions of defendants Gabrielle Lemos and her mother Michelle Lemos of Petaluma were affirmed on Appeal by a three judge Appellate Division panel in a ruling issued on February 27, 2018. Read full story


February 27, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Petaluma Woman Sentenced to 25-Life Term For Sexual Abuse of Daughter

DefendantTawnya Hopper, 44 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today to a prison termof 25 years-to-life by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite after having pled nocontest in July of last year to a violation of Penal Code section 288.7(a),sexual intercourse by an adult with a child under the age of ten. Read full story


February 2, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

RanchoCotate Project Graduation TreasurerPleads to Embezzlement

DefendantMary Katherine David, 37 years old of Santa Rosa, pled no contest before theHonorable Patrick Broderick on January 26, 2018, to one count of felony grandtheft and three counts of felony forgery. Read full story


February 2, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Warning for North Bay Fire Survivors to Be Vigilant as Undercover Sting Catches More than One Dozen Unlicensed Contractors

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office urge survivors of the North Bay wildfires to remain alert as they search for a contractor to assist them in the rebuilding process. Read full story


January 8, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2018

January isdesignated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The annual event hasbeen recognized since January 2010 in an effort to bring attention to theepidemic of human trafficking in this country. Read full story


January 4, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Two Men Convicted and Face Life Sentences for Windsor Armored Truck Robbery

Defendant IvanMorales was convicted today by a jury of premeditated attempted murder of anarmored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, assault with an assaultrifle, assault on a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. DefendantSergey Gutsu had previously pleaded guilty to premeditated attempted murder ofan armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, premeditated attemptedmurder of a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. Read full story


January 3, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Youthful Killer Denied Early Parole

District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that inmate Ricky Phonesai Phachanh, now thirty years old, was denied early release on parole by the Board of Prison Terms after a hearing on December 27th at the Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California. Read full story


January 2, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Judge Rejects Oakmont Repeat DUI Driver's Challenge to Conviction for Vehicular Homicide

District AttorneyJill Ravitch has announced that the Honorable Elliot L. Daum denied thechallenge to her conviction by defendant Gayle Diane Gray, 79 years old,of Santa Rosa. Gray sought reversal of her conviction for charges related tothe fatal collision she caused after driving with alcohol and drugs in hersystem on January 20, 2016. Read full story