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October 18, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Parolee sentenced for multiple felonies committed while on parole 

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Defendant James Edward Canada Sr., 57 years old of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 24 years and 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest to multiple felony charges in September of this year.</span> Read full story


October 8, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Man sentenced to prison for pimping,pandering, and assault

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Defendant Jason Isaiah Lopez-Willis, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 4 years in state prison after pleading “no contest” to felony charges of pimping and pandering in early September. In addition to the pimping and pandering charges, Lopez-Willis was sentenced for violating the terms of his formal probation for a 2020 conviction for assault with force likely to result in great bodily injury.</span><br /> Read full story


September 30, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Man sentenced to more than twelve years in prison for stalking and threatening ex-girlfriend 

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Jesse Boatman, 42 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 12 years and 4 months in state prison after pleading “no contest” in June of this year to felony charges of stalking and making criminal threats</span> Read full story


September 21, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Child rapist receives "life" sentence

<p> <span>Defendant LarryThomas Rhoades, 69 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by theHonorable Peter Ottenweller to serve a prison term of 12 years plus anadditional indeterminate sentence of 15 years to life, after pleading “nocontest” in June to 25 felony counts of child sexual assault. </span></p><p><span></span></p> Read full story


September 21, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Richard Celli named chief investigator at Sonoma County District Attorney's Office

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch has selected Richard Celli as the new Chief of the Investigations Bureau at the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.</span> Read full story


September 17, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Triple Murderer Denied Parole

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that Johnny Lee Sommerhalder, 78</span><i style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> </i><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">years old of Santa Rosa, has been denied parole by the California Board of Parole Hearings.</span> Read full story


September 16, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing Two Young Females

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Defendant Jesus Paniagua-Rojas, 51 years old of Santa Rosa, was found guilty Wednesday afternoon by a Sonoma County jury of committing 18 felony sex offenses against two children from 2014 to 2018.</span> Read full story


August 27, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Man sentenced to prison for the physical and sexual assault of his two young children

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Defendant Albert Meredith, 27 years old of Cazadero, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve 14 years and 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest in May to charges of physically abusing his newborn daughter, and sexually molesting the baby’s 4-year-old half-sister.</span> Read full story


August 25, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

Sex Offender Denied Elder Parole after Hearing

California state prison Inmate Kelly Mclaughlin-Cross (60 years old, formerly of Sonoma County) was denied “Elder Parole” by the State Board of Parole Commissioners during a Tuesday afternoon hearing. Commissioners Ground and Lam ruled that McLaughlin-Cross would not be eligible to reapply for parole for an additional 5 years. Read full story


August 11, 2021 | Office of the District Attorney

District Attorney Jill Ravitch announces greenwashing settlements with Chewy, Petco, Petsmart, and Target

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Today Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that her office, with 22 other District Attorney’s Offices in California, resolved “greenwashing” cases with Chewy, Inc., PetSmart LLC, Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., and Target Corporation. </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> </span> Read full story