Press Releases

Yolo County District Attorney Citizens Academy Applications Now Being Accepted

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 17, 2017 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announces the sixth annual Yolo County District Attorney Citizens Academy which is sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Davis Police Department, the UC Davis Police Department, the… Read More →

Parole Board Denies Release in ’92 Gang Slaying

Harold Rigsby shot and killed Pierre Fortier because he had disrespected the Broderick Boys Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 17, 2017 – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 16, 2017 40-year-old convicted murderer Harold Rigsby was denied release at a parole hearing at RJ Donovan State Prison in San Diego,… Read More →

Yolo County District Attorney Cracks Down on Unlicensed Contractors

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 10, 2017- District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit recently coordinated a joint operation in Woodland, CA with the Contractors State License Board, the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office, and the Woodland Police Department. The goal was to hold… Read More →

High Profile Cases

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Below is a table of high profile case and information. For more information, please contact Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven - jonathan.raven@yolocounty.org

NOTE: Juvenile Cases - In reading the Welfare and Institutions Code, which discusses the confidentiality of juvenile records and the Legislature's belief that confidentiality in these cases is necessary to further the rehabilitative efforts in the juvenile justice system, we believe that, absent statutory exceptions, we are precluded from providing any information or documents in juvenile matters.

Listed Court Dates/Times: If you have interest in a specific court date because you are monitoring the case and/or plan to attend court, please check the Court’s website to ensure that the date and time is still accurate.  Also, beginning August 31, 2015, all cases will be heard in the new courthouse.

Legend for Court Information:

995 = Defense Motion to Set Aside PX Ruling
ARR = Arraignment
BTA = Bail to Appear (The subject bailed out of custody with the promise to appear in court.)
D = Court Department
EDC = Early Disposition Conf
F/P = Further Proceeding
HRG = Hearing
HTA = Held to Answer at Preliminary Hearing
J/S = Judgment & Sentencing
JT = Jury Trial
MTN = Motion
OR = Release on Own Recognizance Hearing
OSC = Order to Show Cause
PHC = Pre Hearing Conference
Plea = Scheduled To Enter Plea (The Defendant can plead not guilty, guilty or no contest)
PTC = Misd Pre-Trial Conference
PX = Preliminary Hearing
RVIEW = Review
TRC = Trial Readiness Conference
TSC = Trial Setting Conference
WAR = Warrant Request

Note: If complaint is uploaded, you can download a PDF version of the complaint by clicking on the DA File Number. If there is no hyperlink on the file, it has not been uploaded.

Also, we try to make sure that the calendar information is as accurate as possible, however, beginning August 31, 2015, all cases will be heard in the new courthouse. It will be especially important to verify the information by checking the court's official calendar located at: http://www.yolo.courts.ca.gov/online-services/court-calendar

Defendant(s) Name

DA File#

Case Description

Future Court Dates

Other Information

Aradoz, Ruby

Collins, Malinda

Gonzalez, Justin

Ramos, Vanessa

Tello, Cynthia

Velazquez, Alexis

16H04909

Defendants charged with murder and gang enhancements after stabbing and killing the victim in Woodland.

MTN
2/24/17
1:30
D-10

TRC
6/14/17
8:30
D-10

JT
6/19/17
8:30
D-10

995 Motion set for 2/24/17.

Azevedo, Dennis

16F02387

Defendant sexually assaults young teen in a bathroom at the Yolo County Library in Davis.

995
2/28/17
9:00
D-7

TRC
4/5/17
9:00
D-7

JT
4/10/17
9:00
D-7

Defense files 995 motion to dismiss Information.  Hearing on 995 motion set for 2/28.

Biviescas, Carlos

Contreras, Martyn

Rivera, Anthony

Sandeno, Joseph

Sandeno, Zackary

Vergara, Victor

15H05378

Defendants charged with murder after victim dies of injuries sustained while at a nightclub in Davis.

F/P
2/22/17
8:30
D-14

TRC
5/30/17
8:30
D-14

JT
6/5//17
8:30
D-14

Status Conference date set for 2/22/17.  Jury Trial date set.

Carew, Kelly

15H03459

Placerville woman kills man in West Sacramento.

TRC
3/1/17
9:00
D-8

JT
3/6/17
9:00
D-8

TRC date confirmed.

Demello, Ronald

15F05633

Felony Hit and Run Causing the Death of a Tow Truck Driver

TRC
4/10/17
9:00
D-8

JT
4/17/17
8:30
D-8

Court grants defense motion to continue Jury Trial.

Dorsey, Darnell

14F00394

Sacramento man accused of assaulting his girlfriend's child causing child's death in Davis.

J/S
1/31/17
10:00
D-13

Defendant sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison.

Fullerton, Paul

16F01098

Marijuana grow shop owner charged with illegal sales of marijuana.

PHC
3/14/17
9:00
D-8

PHC date set.

Garcia, Jorge

 

Ornellas-Castro, Lance

15H07320

Defendants charged with murder after victim was found floating in the water near Clarksburg.

MTN
1/11/17
1:30
D-8

JT
1/12/17
9:00
D-8

Routine Pre-Trial Motions begin 1/10/17.

Jury selection to begin 1/12/17.

Hendrix, Steven

16H01094

Defendant charged with murder after causing a collision where one person was killed.

TRC
2/27/17
8:30
D-13

JT
3/6/17
8:30
D-13

Jury Trial confirmed.

Hernandez, Michael

15F06956

Defendant charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to commit a sexual assault on a minor, robbery and dissuading a witness.

F/P
3/10/17
9:00
D-11

Continued to review doctor's report regarding defendant's competency.

Hicks, Ted

Mears, Ryan

16F07699

Defendants charged with unlawful cultivation and sales of marijuana.

ARR
2/21/17
8:30
D-10

Defendants arraigned, plead not guilty.  PX set.

Hoskins, Susan

14H03727

Wife charged with murder of her husband.

RVIEW
1/30/17
9:00
D-8

Restitution issues resolved in civil case.

Houston, Alamar

15F03694

Cyclists severely injured by hit and run driver.

JPS
1/6/17
9:00
D-14

Defendant sentenced to 35 years in state prison.

Kirk-Coehlo, Lauren

17F00877

Davis woman charged with hate crime after Davis Islamic Center was vandalized.

ARR
2/23/17
1:30
D-10

PX
3/6/17
8:30
D-10

Defendant was arraigned and plead not guilty.  People filed motion to set bail at "No Bail." Court to rule on that motion on 2/23/17. PX was set for 3/6. Bail left at $1 million.
 
If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #; Click this link to view the Bail Motion.

Leae, Thomas

15H07042

Defendant was charged with murder after his passenger sustained fatal injuries in a crash that followed a high speed pursuit.

995
3/29/17
9:00
D-8

TRC
4/12/17
9:00
D-8

JT
4/17/17
8:30
D-8

Doctor finds that defendant does understand the criminal proceedings and can assist in his defense.  Jury Trial date set.

Letelier, Eduardo

16F03980

Davis day care provider charged with child molestation.

EDC
2/22/17
8:30
D-10

TRC
4/5/17
8:30
D-10

JT
4/10/17
8:30
D-10

Jury Trial Date set.

Morales, Ernesto

16F01056

Defendant is charged with five counts of attempted murder; arson of inhabited structure; and multiple case enhancements for prior prison commitments.

TRC
2/22/17
8:30
D-10

JT
2/27/17
8:30
D-10

Case continued six weeks to obtain discovery.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.

Quezada, Alejandro

Vallejo, Daniel

16H03865

Woodland gang murder.  Charges include murder, attempted murder and gang enhancement.

RVIEW
2/27/17
9:00
D-11

TRC
3/22/17
9:00
D-11

JT
3/27/17
9:00
D-11

Review regarding discovery continued to 2/27. 

Wheeler, Rolis

16F06320

Defendant charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old at a West Sacramento Elementary school.

EDC
2/27/17
8:30
D-13

TRC
4/24/17
8:30
D-13

JT
5/1/17
8:30
D-13

Jury Trial date set.

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Podcasts

The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 11: Operation Vigilance Podcast

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Published on Dec 5, 2016

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office sits down with Al Reynoso from Yolo County Probation, Laura Valdes from YCDA Victim Services Program, Michael Works, a YCDA Administrative Analyst and YCDA Investigator John Sadlowski to discuss the recent sex offender sweep and compliance check. All Yolo County Law Enforcement Agencies helped out to check on every registered sex offender in Yolo County during the last week of November, 2016. We sit down to discuss the operation.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 10: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Published on Oct 4, 2016

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Yolo County's newest podcast is focused on bringing this awareness to all of you in our newest podcast. Our office sat down with Stephanie, a victim of domestic violence and torture, Silvia, her YCDA Victim Advocate, and Deanna, who prosecuted the defendant in Stephanie's case to talk about what our office does for victims of domestic violence as well as how we raise awareness regarding this heinous crime.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 9: School Attendance Matters

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Published on Aug 19, 2016

YCDA along with Yolo County Office of Education talk about the importance of school attendance in our newest podcast. Intervention efforts, the consequences of absenteeism, and strategies to get your children to school are all discussed in this ‎School Attendance Matters podcast.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 8: Yolo Day Reporting Center

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The Chronicles of Justice - Episode 8 - Yolo Day Reporting Center and Restorative Justice

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Published on Jul 27, 2016

This is the 8th episode in our podcast series, The Chronicles of Justice. In this episode we go onsite to the Yolo Day Reporting Center where we interview Yolo County District Attorney's Victim Advocate Heather Blair regarding her work with the restorative justice process of offenders we have prosecuted. She teaches a Victim Awareness class with the hopes that offenders will not repeat their crimes. We also interview program participants, counselors and the program director. Please listen and learn about all the services we provide at our office.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 7: LGBTQIA Pride Month & Hate Crimes

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Published on Jun 24, 2016

June is Pride Month. In this podcast we sat down to talk with Gloria Partida who is co-chair of the Davis Phoenix Coalition as well as a member of YCDA's Multi-Cultural Community Council, about her work on behalf of the LGBTQIA community. Additionally, Jonathan Raven & Julia Hernandez Hill spoke about hate crimes targeting them. Our goal is to encourage inclusion, acceptance and peace.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 6: Elder Financial Abuse Podcast

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Published on May 27, 2016

YCDA's newest podcast discussing elder financial abuse. We sat down with Donald a victim of elder financial abuse, Heather Blair, his victim advocate with our office, Arnelle Sanford, a volunteer in our office who works with the senior population, and supervising Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens who specializes in these types of cases. In this podcast we discuss how this crime affects this vulnerable population and what the office is doing about it.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 5: Victim Tribute Podcast

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Published on Apr 8, 2016

"Victims can rest assured that there is an army of prosecutors, investigators, advocates and support staff at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office waiting to support and stand with them throughout the criminal justice proceedings. Our upcoming annual victim tribute honors the real heroes...the courageous survivor of crime. Join us as we celebrate their emotional stories of perseverance." - District Attorney Jeff Reisig

Victim Tribute Ceremony will be held, Thursday, April 14 at 12pm at the Woodland Opera House in Woodland, California.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 4: Child Abduction Unit

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Published on Apr 1, 2016

The Yolo County District Attorney's newest podcast focuses on the office's Child Abduction Unit and the services they provide to protect children and families. Moderator Wendy Wilcox sits down with Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Susz, Enforcement Officer Angela Smith and Stephanie, a parent who the Child Abduction Unit helped reunite with her children after 4 years of separation. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Child Abduction Unit wants to remind everyone that parental child abduction is never in the best interest of the child. It is child abuse.


 The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 3: Neighborhood Court Homeless Restorative Justice Program

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Published on Feb 26, 2016

In our newest podcast episode The Yolo County District Attorney's Office sits down with Yolo County Neighborhood Court to speak about their homeless restorative justice program. We spoke with a participant in the program, Dan, his employers, Marco and Guinevere from Guinevere's Café & Bistro, as well as YCDA supervising DDA, Chris Bulkeley, and Dan's Yolo County Social Worker, Deanna Lynn-Steele with Yolo County Health and Human Services. Listen for more information about ending homelessness in Yolo County.


The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 2: Human Trafficking

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Published on Jan 29, 2016

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office partnered with My Sister's House in order to raise awareness for Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In this episode we hear from a real life survivor of human trafficking, which occurred in Northern California. We also gain insight from both Brittany Bray, a human trafficking specialist at My Sister's House. Lastly, we hear from YCDA's own Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Susz.


 The Chronicles of Justice YCDA Podcast Series, Episode 1: DUI Awareness & Sonia's Story

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The Chronicles of Justice - Episode 1 - Sonia's Story with DUI Prevention and Awareness

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Published on Dec 31, 2015

The Yolo County District Attorney's Office would like to present our first ever podcast. This new series, The Chronicles of Justice, is a radio-style talk show discussing topics and insight in to the world of prosecution. In this first episode DDA Matt De Moura, Chief Investigator Rob Strange, and Sonia Rodriguez, a mother, who's daughter was killed by a drunk driver while walking to a friend's house discuss DUI awareness. We encourage you to listen and we hope it will make an impact on your life.

Early Prison Releases

Non-Violent Second Strikers 

After a federal court ordered California to reduce prison overcrowding, a number of measures were put into place that result in early prison releases, including early parole consideration for individuals characterized as “non-violent second-strikers.”  In order to qualify, inmates must not currently be serving a sentence for a crime which is legally categorized as a ‘violent felony’ and must not be required to register as sex offenders.

Starting January 1, 2015, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) began a new early parole determination process, evaluating “nonviolent second-strikers” for parole once they have served only 50 percent of their sentence or are within 12 months of having served 50 percent of their actual sentence.  Upon receipt of inmate names from CDCR with a recommendation for release, the Board of Prison Hearings conducts an administrative review to determine if the inmate should be released from prison or retained for the term otherwise prescribed by law.  The Board determines whether an offender would pose an unreasonable risk to public safety based on criminal history, behavior in prison, rehabilitation efforts, and written statements.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office takes an active role in evaluating these cases and writes letters to the Board with an overview of the inmate’s criminal history, an opinion regarding the public safety risk posed by the inmate, and the appropriateness, or lack thereof, of an inmate’s early release.  However, because our resources are limited, we do not prepare letters in every case. Instead, we focus our opposition efforts on offenders who we believe pose the greatest risk to the community.

Many of the offenders who are granted early release from prison have violent and lengthy criminal histories.  The Yolo County District Attorney's Office feels it is important for the public to be aware of the so-called nonviolent offenders being released early from prison into our neighborhoods.

This webpage was created to provide the names and criminal overview of the offenders who have been approved for early release despite our opposition.  This list will be updated on a regular basis.

Belisle, Mark

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Bloxham, Christopher

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

CDCR Reversed Decision

Bracey, Nathan

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Braithwaite, Carlos 

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Contreras, Armida

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Costanza, James

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Davis, Britt

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

CDCR Reversed Decision

Freeland, Brian

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 * CDCR Reversed Decision

Gabourie, Wesley

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Garcia, Francisco

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

CDCR Reversed Decision

Gooden, Daniel

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Hamblet, Donald

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Hampsmire, Darrell 

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Hodges, Carlyn

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Hollingsworth, Kevin 

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Jamison, Jeremy
aka: Melton, Jeffrey

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Johnson, Michael

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Lea, Larry

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Mechem, Raymond

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Mitchell, Michael

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Moore, Michael

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Moss, Thomas

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Santiago, Pedro 

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Showtell, Immanuel

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Swisher, Trent

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Valdes, Michael

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Woods, Jeremiah

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision