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October 7, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

36 Year Old Sentenced to19 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of 9 Year Old Girl

Defendant David Jimenez, 36years old of Sonoma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Philip Pennypacker toserve 19 years in state prison after pleading guilty in August of this year totwo charges of child molestation. Read full story


October 7, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced to one Year Jail for VehicularManslaughter

Defendant Wayne Thomas, 64years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Friday, September 25th by theHonorable Troye Shaffer to the maximum sentence of one year in county jailafter pleading no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for causing thedeath Sebastopol resident Guadalupe Martinez in 2018. In an unrelatedproceeding, Read full story


October 5, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Prison Inmate Convicted ofFirst Degree Murder Once Again Denied Parole

District Attorney JillRavitch announced today that on September 29, 2020 Prison Inmate Vinh ThePhang, now 60 years old, was once again denied parole by the California Board ofParole. Read full story


October 5, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Unsubstantiated Coral“Reef Safe” Claims Enjoined In California

District Attorneys JillRavitch announced that Tropical Seas, Inc. (“TS”) of Florida has agreed toresolve a civil environmental enforcement case filed by the Sonoma County DistrictAttorney’s Office in conjunction with 21 district attorney offices inCalifornia. Read full story


October 1, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

District Attorney’s Office Reminds Community That Price Gouging Restrictions Remain in Place

District Attorney Ravitchreminds all Sonoma County residents and businesses that price gouging during a stateof emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396, and her office willinvestigate and prosecute those that attempt to wrongfully profit from thedestructive fires and from the pandemic. Read full story


September 15, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

$1.43 Million SettlementAnnounced to Address Illegal Dumping of Hazardous Waste Kelly-Moore Violated StateEnvironmental Protection Laws

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announceda $1.43 million settlement against Kelly-Moore Paint Company (Kelly-Moore) toresolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardouswaste Read full story


September 3, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Owners and Operators of Varenna and Villa Capri Settle Law EnforcementAction Related to 2017 Tubbs Fire

District Attorney Jill Ravitch, in conjunctionwith California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, announced today that Varenna LLC,Oakmont Senior Living LLC, and Oakmont Management Group LLC, the owners andoperators of Varenna and Villa Capri, two Residential Care Facilities For theElderly located in Fountaingrove, settled a civil law enforcement actionrelated to their conduct on the night of the Tubbs Fire in 2017. Read full story


August 13, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced To 23 Years, 8 Months Prison

Defendant Francisco Javier Gonzalez-Mejia, 22 years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 23 years, 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest in January to the charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony driving with a .08% blood alcohol content causing injury, and fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in death and serious bodily injury. Read full story


August 12, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

CripGang Members Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder, Home Invasion Robberies

Defendants Jonathan Jackson 21 years old, DavidEaley 25 years old, and Tyrone McRae 27 years old, all from Richmond Virginia,were sentenced today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve lifesentences in state prison after having pled no contest to charges related tothe 2018 home invasion robberies of two Sonoma County homes and the murder ofone of the occupants Jose Torres. Read full story


August 6, 2020 | Office of the District Attorney

Child Molester Receives Life Sentence

Defendant LarryRobert Whyte, 71-year--old, was sentenced today by the Honorable PeterOttenweller to serve 32 years, 4 months-to-life in state prison after havingbeen convicted by a jury in January of committing 10 felony sex offensesagainst a child. Read full story