Press Releases

West Sacramento Man Sentenced To 42 Years in State Prison For Vehicular Manslaughter and Domestic Violence

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – July 21, 2017 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on July 20, 2017, the Honorable Paul K. Richardson sentenced 33-year-old West Sacramento man Steven Hendrix on two separate cases. First, the Court sentenced the Hendrix on one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of driving while… Read More →

Man Sentenced to 10 Years State Prison for Beating Wife

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – July 6, 2017 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on June 30, 2017, Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg sentenced 45-year-old West Sacramento man, Dellawar Shah Saidwal, to 10 years and 4 months in state prison for spousal abuse and making criminal threats. His sentence also included enhancements… Read More →

District Attorney Reports Three Separate Convictions of Auto Insurance Fraud

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – July 6, 2017 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that over the past week, there were three separate cases that resulted in convictions for auto insurance fraud. In the first case, 27-year-old Davis woman, Shelene Hopp, was convicted of filing a false or fraudulent auto insurance claim. Hopp had been… Read More →

More So-Called “Non-Violent Second-Strikers” Get Early Prison Release

Many who are released quickly reoffend Press Release (Woodland, CA) – July 3, 2017 – The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office regularly publishes a list of convicted criminals who have been granted early release from prison by the State of California. Since the beginning of the program, 41 inmates with committing felony offenses from Yolo… Read More →

Tractor Supply Company to Pay $485,400 in Hazardous Waste Settlement

Stores throughout the State improperly handled and disposed of hazardous wastes Press Release | Filed Complaint | Filed Stipulation and Judgment Woodland, CA – June 28, 2017 – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, along with 35 other California District Attorneys, announced today that Yolo County Superior Court Judge Samuel McAdam has ordered Tractor Supply Company, Inc., and one… 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.

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.

Defendant(s) Name

DA File#

Case Description

Future Court Dates

Other Information

Aradoz, Ruby

Collins, Malinda

Gonzalez, Justin

Tello, Cynthia

Velazquez, Alexis

16H04909

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

Collins & Tello

TSC
8/23/17
8:30
D-10

Remaining Defendants

EDC
9/21/17
8:30
D-10

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

JT
10/23/17
8:30
D-10

Defendants Collins & Tello have been severed so their trial will be held separately from the other defendants.  Court grants defense request to continue Jury Trial.

The remaining defendants are set for trial on 10/23/17.

Azevedo, Dennis

16F02387

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

TSC
7/25/17
1:30
D-14

 Court grants defense request to continue Jury Trial.

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.

FP
8/11/17
1:30
D-14

TRC
11/29/17
8:30
D-14

JT
12/4/17
8:30
D-14

Court grants defense motion to continue Jury Trial.  Status Conference set for 8/11/17.

Carew, Kelly

15H03459

Placerville woman kills man in West Sacramento.

EDC
8/4/17
9:00
D-8

TRC
8/30/17
9:00
D-8

JT
9/5/17
9:00
D-8

EDC date set.  Trial dates confirmed.

Craver, Alexander

Perry,
Antwoine

Williams, Eiljah

17-2520

Assault on Davis police officers

PX
8/10/17
10:00
D-14

In anticipation of a request to continue the preliminary hearing by counsel for Elijah Williams, the Court granted a request by all parties to move the preliminary hearing to 8/10/17.

Demello, Ronald

15F05633

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

TRC
9/27/17
9:00
D-8

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

Trial date set.

Fullerton, Paul

16F01098

Marijuana grow shop owner charged with illegal sales of marijuana.

PX
8/29/17
10:00
D-8

Defense provides new discovery.  PX continued to 8/29/17.

Hendrix, Steven

16H01094

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

No future court dates

Defendant sentenced to a total of 42 years and 4 months in state prison. (37 years in gross vehicular manslaughter case 16-1094 and 5 years and 4 months in domestic violence case 15-3634)

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
8/24/17
10:00
D-11

Defense requests Court Trial regarding Defendant's competency.  Court Trial set for 8/24/17.

Hicks, Ted

Mears, Ryan

16F07699

Defendants charged with unlawful cultivation and sales of marijuana.

PHC
8/9/17
8:30
D-10

 PHC continued to 8/9/17.

Kirk-Coehlo, Lauren

17F00877

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

FP
8/25/17
10:00
D-10

Defendant was sentenced to 5 years formal probation.  No additional jail time to be served at this time.

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.

EDC
9/13/17
9:00
D-8

TRC
9/27/17
9:00
D-8

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

 

Jury Trial date set.

Letelier, Eduardo

16F03980

Davis day care provider charged with child molestation.

RVIEW
7/27/17
10:00
D-10

Defendant pleads no contest to Count 3, 273a(b) PC, child endangerment, and is sentenced to 2 years formal probation.  As terms of probation, Defendant must stay away from children under 13, excluding relatives, and surrender of day care license.  Judge orders a civil restraining order until the child is 18.

Rees, Frank

17H00998

Defendant charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of his infant son.

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

Further TRC 10/10/17 8:30
D-13

JT
10/16/17 8:30
D-13

Defendant arraigned on Information, pleads not guilty. Jury Trial date set.

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Why We Seek Justice

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Meet Deputy District Attorney Diane Ortiz

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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.

Beard, Timothy

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

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

 

Carboni, Dakota

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

Davis, Elgin

Opposition Letter

CDCR 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

 

Jiron, Vincent

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

 

Reynolds, Robert

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Santiago, Pedro 

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Savala, Paul

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Showtell, Immanuel

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Swisher, Trent

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Tucker-Boulet, Gavin

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Valdes, Michael

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Woods, Jeremiah

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision