Press Releases

UPDATE: Multi-Agency Gang Sweep

UPDATE: Multi-Agency Gang Sweep Operation Silent Night resulted in seizures of over 50 firearms, over 7 pounds of methamphetamine, over one kilogram of cocaine, over 500 grams of opiods and over $70K in cash. Over 30 individuals were arrested as part of the sweep. The majority of individuals arrested will be prosecuted in federal court… Read More →

UPDATE: Multi-Agency Gang Sweep

UPDATE: Multi-Agency Gang Sweep Multiple defendants arrested in yesterday’s crime sweep will be arraigned in state court on Friday, 2/16/18, at 1:30 in Dept. 1 of the Yolo County Superior Court. The majority of those arrested will be prosecuted in federal court.  Final decisions on local defendants and charges are still pending.  More information will… Read More →

Multi-Agency Collaboration Leads To Sixty-Nine Searches And Over Twenty-Five Arrests In Effort To Fight Coordinated Criminal Activity In Northern California

FBI joins with local and state law enforcement to disrupt coordinated criminal activity centered in Woodland, California Press Release SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced the arrest of 18 federal defendants on narcotics and weapons-related charges as part of a multi-agency law enforcement investigation into coordinated criminal activity in Woodland, California.… Read More →

Woodland Men Sentenced to Life in Prison for Gang Related Murder

Known Gang Members Murdered an Innocent Man Who was Helping a Stranger Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 9, 2018 – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 9, 2018, Judge Daniel Maguire sentenced Justin Gonzalez, age 23, to 90 years to life in prison for the murder of Ronald Antonio. Less… Read More →

District Attorney’s Neighborhood Court Seeks Volunteers

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – February 8, 2018 – The District Attorney’s Yolo County Neighborhood Court (NHC) will hold volunteer trainings through May, for local community members interested in serving as panelists in a restorative justice process. The first training will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 8:45am – 5:00pm, at the Davis… 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 

JPS
2/5/18
10:00
D-10

Tello

JPS
3/9/18
10:00
D-10

Aradoz

RVIEW
2/20/18
10:00
D-10

Gonzalez,           & Velazquez

JPS
1/26/18
10:00
D-10

Collins: Defendant plead no contest to Involuntary Manslaughter and will be sentenced to 4 years county prison.

Tello: Defendant plead no contest to Felony Accessory.

Aradoz: Defendant plead no contest to Felony Accessory.

Gonzalez: Defendant was convicted of Second Degree Murder with gang enhancements.  The Court also found that he had strikes for gang related conduct.

Velazquez: Defendant was convicted of First Degree Murder, with enhancements for use of a deadly weapon, participation in gang related crime, and special circumstances that the murder was carried out to advance his gang.

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.

15-5378
No Further Court Dates

17-7771
No Further Court Dates

Defendant Victor Vergara was sentenced to 26 years 4 months prison.  He will be transferred back to Solano County for sentencing on a violation of probation. 

 

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
2/9/18
10:00
D-13

Defense declares a doubt as to Defendant's competency. Criminal proceedings suspended.  Court appoints Doctor to make recommendation. 

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

Hicks, Ted

Mears, Ryan

16F07699

Defendants charged with unlawful cultivation and sales of marijuana.

RVIEW
2/23/18
10:00
D-10

 

Hodges, Robert

17H05457

West Sacramento man charged with three counts of murder, in the deaths of his three children; one count of attempted murder, in the attempted murder of his wife; and special circumstances.

No Further Court Dates

On 1/19/18, Defendant was sentenced to three terms of Life in Prison Without Parole.

On 12/14/17, Defendant, Robert Hodges, plead guilty to all of the crimes in the complaint, including murdering his 3 children with special circumstances and attempting to murder his wife. He will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The District Attorney carefully considered all of the factors in aggravation and mitigation under California law related to the punishment. Ultimately, the surviving family's desire for a swift and certain conclusion to this heartbreaking case led us to the conclusion that this resolution was most appropriate. The defendant will die in prison.

To view the Complaint, click on the DA File #.

Migoya, Heder

17H05834

Defendant is charged with murder of man in rural Davis.

EDC
3/7/18
1:30
D-11

TRC
3/21/18
9:00
D-11

JT
3/26/18
8:30
D-11

Early Disposition Conference set for 3/7/18 at 1:30 AM in Department 11, Trial Readiness Conference set for 3/21/18 & Jury Trial set for 3/26/18.

Ortega, Jennifer

17H07985

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

PX
3/2/18
8:30
D-9

Court grants defense motion to continue PX.

To view the Complaint, click on the DA File #.

Rizo, Christian

17H05787

Defendant is charged with murder of man in Woodland.

TRC
4/11/18
8:30
D-9

JT
4/16/18
8:30
D-9

Jury Trial date set.

Sorgent, Scott

17F02864

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

RVIEW
4/18/18
10:00
D-10

Defendant sentenced to 3 years formal probation with the following terms: No contact with victim as well as current and former students at Woodland High School; 240 hours community service; 1 year of sexual offender counseling (2 sessions per month); 1 day county jail.

 

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 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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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

 

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