Press Release Index
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
$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
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.
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.
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.
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.