Press Releases

Murderer Who Killed Infant Son Again Denied Parole

Davis Man Manuel Bermudez killed his 14-month-old son in 1994 Press Release (Woodland, CA) – December 6, 2018 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on December 6, 2018, Board of Parole Hearing Commissioners denied parole for another five years to 48-year-old convicted murderer, Manuel Bermudez. The hearing took place at the California Health Care… Read More →

Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Announces $7.4 million Statewide Settlement with Target for Continued Environmental Violations

Press Release Woodland, CA – December 5, 2018 – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, as part of a coalition including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 23 local governments, announced today a $7.4 million statewide settlement with Target Corporation. The settlement with Target, a Minnesota-based corporation, includes enhanced environmental compliance measures and injunctive terms.… Read More →

Local Gang Member Convicted of Machine Gun and Drug Charges

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – November 30, 2018 – On November 29, 2018, the Honorable David Rosenberg found 30-year-old Woodland man Brandon Vidales guilty of eleven felonies including Selling, Manufacturing or Converting Firearm into a Machine Gun, Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine, four counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, three counts of Importation… 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

Juveniles:
Bermudez, Gustavo

Bermmudez, Joaquin

Bermudez, Martin


Adults:
Margueis, Michael

Mendez, Armando

Morgan, Trevor

18H03684

Defendants charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and criminal street gang activity, with enhancements for participating in a criminal street gang and for the use of a deadly weapon.  Defendants beat one man and one defendant shot and killed the other.

Juveniles:
GB:
HRG
12/17/18
11:00
D-7

JB:
HRG
1/22/19
9:00
D-6

MB:
HRG
12/13/18
9:00
D-6


Adults:
PHC
1/11/19
8:30
D-7

PX
1/16/19
10:00
D-8

Juveniles:
Juveniles hearings (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC) continued to: GB: 12/17/18; JB: 1/22/19;  and MB: 12/13/18.


Adults:
PHC set for 1/11/19. 

Juvenile:
Campos, Jesus


Adults:
Froste, David

Froste, Jonathan

Shannon, Chandale Jr.

18-3504

Defendant's charged with murder, accessory to a felony, kidnapping, and enhancements for use of a deadly weapon, committing multiple murders, and committing a murder during the commission of a kidnapping after the disappearance of two Yolo County teenagers.

Campos:

TRC
1/3/19
9:00
D-6

HRG
1/11/19
1:30
D-6


D Froste:
J/S
12/13/18
1:30
D-14

Shannon:
RVIEW
12/11/18
10:00
D-14

J. Froste:
FP
12/11/18
10:00
D-14

 


D. Froste - Defendant found guilty of one count of first degree murder, one count of second degree murder, and one count of kidnapping.  Special circumstances that were found to be true were as follows: Special circumstances for Murder during the commission or attempted commission of kidnapping and special circumstances for multiple murders.  Defendant to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  J/S set for 12/13/18.

C. Shannon - Review continued to allow more time for Defendant's competency to be evaluated.

​​​​​J. Froste - Defendant plead no contest to 187(a) PC, Second Degree Murder. The agreement with Defendant is in exchange for his honest testimony in the upcoming jury trial. Status Conference set for December 11, 2018.

 

Carter, Markeese

17H07258

Defendant charged with murder, sexual act with child 10 years old or younger, as well as assault on a peace officer.

RVIEW
2/11/19
10:00
D-13

Defendant placed in hospital. Review of his competency scheduled for 2/11/19.

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

Gilligan, Hayley

18H06096

Defendant charged with murder after the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend.

PHC
12/18/18
8:30
D-13

PX
1/15/19
8:30
D-13

PX continued to 1/15/19.  PHC set for 12/18/18.

Mehler, Ronald

18H05916

Defendant charged with murder after the shooting death of his sister-in-law.

PX
12/14/18
8:30
D-14

PX continued to 12/14/18.

Ortega, Jennifer

17H07985

Defendant charged with murder in the death of her brother as a result of stabbing him with a knife.

EDC
12/6/18
8:30
D-10

TRC
1/16/19
8:30
D-10

JT
1/22/19
8:30
D-10

EDC continued to 12/6/18.

Rizo, Christian

17H05787

Defendant is charged with murder of man in Woodland.

J/S
12/18/18
8:30
D-10

Court grants defense motion to continue J/S.

Rizo, Christian

Singh, Prashneet

18F02958

Defendants charged with attempted murder after gunshots were fired at Woodland Police Officers who were conducting and investigation.

RIZO:

TRC
1/9/19
8:30
D-14

JT
1/14/19
8:30
D-14

SINGH:

No further court dates

 

Rizo: Court grants request to continue JT.

Singh:  This case dismissed against defendant Singh for his plea in 18-4164.

Sarwar, Rohail

18H04967

Defendant charged with murder after massage parlor employee is found stabbed to death.

TSC
12/20/18
10:00
D-13

TSC continued to 12/20/18.

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

Sorgent, Scott

17F02864

Defendant is charged with lewd or lascivious act upon child fourteen or fifteen years of age.

RVIEW
1/17/19
8:30
D-10

Per defense, defendant doing well in treatment. Further review of treatment set for 1/17/19.

 

Why We Seek Justice

Our team at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office is comprised of a dedicated and diverse group of professionals.  In our new video series “Why We Seek Justice” you will meet some of our amazing colleagues and hear their personal stories.  We hope you enjoy!

Meet Deputy District Attorney Diane Ortiz

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Meet Deputy District Attorney Kyle Hasapes

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Meet Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center Admin Clerk Shobna Sharma

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Meet Deputy District Attorney Jay Linden

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Meet Victim Advocate Heather Blair

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 20: From Victim to Survivor - A Story of Hope

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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.

Amone, Uhila

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

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

 

Hutchison, Mark

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Jackson, Robert

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Jamison, Jeremy
aka: Melton, Jeffrey

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Jaramillo, Isidro

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

 

Miranda-Moore, Casey

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Mitchell, Michael

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Moore, Michael

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Moss, Thomas

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Perez, Ricardo

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Reed, Eric

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Reynolds, Robert

Opposition Letter

CDCR Decision

 

Richardson, Andrew

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