Press Releases

Gang Member Convicted for Shooting at Police Officers During Homicide Investigation

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 21, 2019 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that defendant, Christian Rizo, 20, of Woodland, was found guilty of four counts for Assault with a Semi-Automatic Weapon on Police Officers, Firing a Gun at an Inhabited Dwelling, and Criminal Street Gang Activity. The jury also found that the defendant… Read More →

Yolo County District Attorney and Health and Human Services Agency Schedule Series of Community Engagement Meetings for New Grant Proposals

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 11, 2019 – There will be a series of Community Engagement Meetings aimed at getting feedback from the public in the development of two new Yolo County grant proposals. Representatives from the District Attorney’s Office and Health and Human Services Agency will present concepts for programming that would be… Read More →

Learn about the Criminal Justice System at the Yolo County District Attorney Citizens Academy

Applications now being accepted Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 8, 2019 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announces the eighth 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… 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
6/10/19
9:00
D-6

JB:
HRG
3/11/19
9:00
D-4

MB:
Next HRG -TBD


Adults: 
J/S
3/14/19
9:00
D-7

Juveniles: Juveniles hearings (CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC) continued to: GB: 6/10/19; JB: 3/11/19;  and MB: HRG - TBD.


Adults:

The three adult defendants (none of whom is alleged to be the person who shot the victim) plead to felony 245(a)(4) (Assault with Force Likely to Cause Great Bodily Injury) with a 186.22(a) (Criminal Street Gang Activity); Trevor Morgan and Armando Mendez took a deal for two years in prison and Michael Marguies did an “open plea” where he could get a range of outcomes between probation (no prison) up to three years in prison, Judge David Reed will decide that issue on 3/14/19.

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
4/18/19
9:00
D-4


D Froste: No further court dates

Shannon: RVIEW
3/8/19
8:30
D-14

J. Froste:
FP
2/15/19
8:30
D-14

Campos - TRC continued to 4/18/19.


D. Froste - Motion for new trial denied by Judge David Rosenberg.  Sentence is life without possibility of parole on the 1st degree murder and  23 years to life on 2nd degree murder.

C. Shannon - Competency review continued to 3/8/19.

​​​​​J. Froste - Review continued.

 

Carter, Markeese

17H07258

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

EDC
3/15/19
8:30
D-13

FP
4/8/19
8:30
D-13

TRC
5/6/19
8:30
D-13

JT
5/13/19
8:30
D-13

Defendant found competent to stand trial.  Jury Trial dates set.

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.

FP
3/22/19
8:30
D-13

FP
4/26/19
8:30
D-13

TRC
5/20/19
8:30
D-13

JT
5/28/19
8:30
D-13

Defendant arraigned on Information, which now alleges the Special Circumstance of “lying in wait” making this a Capital Offense.   The People advise the court that they will not be seeking the death penalty.  Defendant pleads not guilty to all charges. Status Conference and trial dates set.

Mehler, Ronald

18H05916

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

TRC
5/13/19
8:30
D-14

JT
5/20/19
8:30
D-13

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

Ortega, Jennifer

17H07985

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

TSC
3/11/19
8:30
D-10

 TSC continued to 3/11/19.

Rizo, Christian

17H05787

Defendant is charged with murder of man in Woodland.

No further court dates

Defendant sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

Rizo, Christian

Singh, Prashneet

18F02958

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

RIZO:
JT
2/13/19
8:30
D-14

SINGH:

No further court dates

 

Rizo: Jury Trial to resume on 2/13/19.

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.

FP
3/12/19
10:00
D-13

TRC
4/8/19
8:30
D-13

JT
4/15/19
8:30
D-13

Jury Trial date set.  Status conference set for 3/12/19.

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
4/24/19
8:30
D-10

Further review of treatment set for 4/24/19.

Waller, Roy

18FE018342

Defendant - dubbed the notorious "NorCal Rapist" - is charged with a total of 40 charges stemming from attacks on seven different women in six northern California communities from 1991 through 2006.

FP
3/8/19
8:30
D-63 (Sac. Co.)

Defendant was arraigned on the new complaint and plead not guilty.  Defendant is being tried in Sacramento County with assistance from Yolo, Butte, Contra Costa, Solano and Sonoma County District Attorneys.

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

 

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

Why We Seek Justice - Meet Deputy District Attorney Diane Ortiz


Meet Deputy District Attorney Kyle Hasapes

Why We Seek Justice - Meet Deputy District Attorney Kyle Hasapes


Meet Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor

Why We Seek Justice - Meet Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor


Meet Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center Admin Clerk Shobna Sharma

Why We Seek Justice - Meet Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center Admin Clerk Shobna Sharma


Meet Deputy District Attorney Jay Linden

Why We Seek Justice - Meet Deputy District Attorney Jay Linden


Meet Victim Advocate Heather Blair

Why We Seek Justice - Meet Victim Advocate Heather Blair

Podcasts

The Chronicles of Justice Episode 24: Car Break-ins

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 23: Citizens Academy Podcast

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 22: Breast Cancer Awareness - Virginia's Story

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 21: Domestic Violence Awareness Month - 2017

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

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 19: An Interview with Lt. Dave Marshall

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 18: Yolo County Cannabis Task Force

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 17: Empower Yolo

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 16: Campus Detection Dogs

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 15: Safety at Picnic Day

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 14: Motorist & Bicyclist Collision Prevention

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 13: Human Trafficking Awareness

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 12: Campus Sexual Assault

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 11: Operation Vigilance

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 10: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 9: School Attendance Matters

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 8: Yolo Day Reporting Center & Restorative Justice

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 7: LGBTQIA Pride Month & Hate Crimes

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 6: Elder Financial Abuse

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 5: Victim Tribute

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 4: Child Abduction Unit

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 3: NHC Homeless Restorative Justice Program

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 2: Human Trafficking

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The Chronicles of Justice Episode 1: Sonias Story with DUI Prevention & Awareness

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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