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December 4, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

After Sonoma County’s first pandemic-eracriminal jury trial, child molester found guilty of 158 counts and sentenced to756 years in prison

DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Nathan Christian Wandrey, 48years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste toserve 756 years in prison Read full story


December 4, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Defendant Ordered to Pay $76,816.79 in Restitution For Expenses in Treating Neglected Horses

Defendant Joseph FragaRafael, 67 years old of Cloverdale, was ordered to pay $76,816.79 inrestitution to the Sonoma County Change Organization (CHANGE,) a non-profitdedicated to preventing equine abuse Read full story


December 2, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Family Justice Center Appoints Marsha Lucien as its New Executive Director

SonomaCounty District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that Marsha Lucien hasbeen selected as the new Executive Director for the Family Justice Center ofSonoma County, effective December 1, 2020. Read full story


November 23, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Parolee Sentenced for Multiple Incidents of Indecent Exposure

DefendantJoseph Michael Simmons, 39-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on November19, 2020 by the Honorable Dana Simonds for multiple misdemeanor indecentexposure incidents committed while Simmons was on parole. Read full story


November 13, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Sonoma County District Attorney Awarded DUIProsecution Grant

Sonoma County District Attorney’s Officereceived a $255,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)for a special team to prosecute alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. Read full story


November 6, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Former Sonoma CountySheriff’s Deputy Indicted by Grand Jury for Use of Excessive Force

Today anIndictment by a Sonoma County Criminal Grand Jury was unsealed charging formerSheriff’s Deputy Charlie Blount with two felony charges for his role in thedeath of David Glen Ward, which occurred on November 27, 2019. Read full story


October 29, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

CazaderoCannabis Grower Pleads Guilty to Felony Environmental Violations

Michael Silva, 37, of Cazadero pled guilty to three felonycounts related to environmental violations on property where he was growing 1,450cannabis plants without environmental permits. Read full story


October 21, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Man’s Possession of 80 Abalone Results in $40,000Fine and Permanent Loss of Sportfishing License

District Attorney JillRavitch has announced that defendant Thanh Van Nguyen, 69, of Santa Rosa wassentenced yesterday by the Honorable Kenneth English for having an over limitof abalone in violation of F&G Code 5521.5(b). Read full story


October 9, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Mass Casualty Anniversary

Last week marked the thirdanniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas,Nevada. Read full story


October 9, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Repeat Sex Offender Received Life Sentence

Defendant Lonnie WilliamVictory, 56 years old of Windsor, was sentenced today by the Honorable MarkUrioste to serve 50 years-to-life in prison after pleading no-contest in Augustto eight felony sex offenses. Read full story