Press Releases

Yolo DA will Announce Charges Against Robert William Hodges in Connection with Death of his Three Children

Notice of Press Conference – September 18, 2017 Press Release (Woodland, CA) – September 15, 2017 – The Yolo County District Attorney will hold a press conference on Monday morning, September 18, 2017,  to announce the District Attorney’s decision of formal charges against 32-year-old West Sacramento resident Robert William Hodges in connection with the death… Read More →

West Sacramento Woman Convicted of Auto Insurance Fraud

Press Release (Woodland, CA) – September 13, 2017- District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on September 8, 2017, 29-year-old West Sacramento woman Sandi Vargas was convicted of filing a false or fraudulent auto insurance claim. On October 26, 2015, Sandi Vargas, filed a claim with 21st Century Insurance indicating her 2002 Chevy Tahoe had… Read More →

Dixon Men Convicted of Robbing and Beating UC Davis Student

Press Release Woodland, CA – September 8, 2017 – A Yolo County Jury convicted Austin Cody Hughes and Demarco Marquis Rowe on September 5, 2017, of Robbery and Battery causing serious bodily injury as a result of a brazen daytime robbery in the City of Davis on April 20, 2017. Both Hughes, 21, and Rowe,… Read More →

Final Picnic Day Defendant Enters No Contest Pleas for Assault on Officers

Similar to the four other defendants, Perry accepted responsibility by admitting Felony Resisting and a Misdemeanor Battery on police officers. Perry will be also participate in a local restorative justice program. Press Release (Woodland, CA) – September 7, 2017 – District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that Antwoine Perry entered the same plea as four co-defendants… Read More →

Davis Murderer Denied Parole

Daniel Wehner executed two UC Davis students in 1980 Press Release (Woodland, CA) – September 1, 2017 – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that convicted murderer Daniel Wehner was denied parole for the eleventh time on Thursday, August 31, 2017, by a two-commissioner panel of the Board of Parole Hearings. The all day… 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

TRC
11/29/17
8:30
D-10

JT
12/4/17
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.  

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.

JPS
10/4/17
1:30
D-14

People file Second Amended Information alleging 7 counts of 288(c)(1). Defendant pleads for 6 years state prison.

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
10/4/17
8:30
D-14

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

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

Status Conference set for 10/4/17.

Carew, Kelly

15H03459

Placerville woman kills man in West Sacramento.

J/S
9/27/17
10:00
D-13

Defendant pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter and dissuading a witness for a stipulated sentence of 14 years in state prison.  She will be formally sentenced on 9/27/17.

Craver, Alexander

Perry,
Antwoine

Price, Iszir

Reyes, Angelica

Williams, Eiljah

17-2520

Assault on Davis police officers

PX
(Perry Only)
10/20/17
8:30
D-14

Defendants Reyes, Craver, Price and Williams pled no contest to a felony charge of Resisting a Peace Officer with Threats, Force or Violence (PC 69) and a misdemeanor charge of Battery (PC 242). One year summary probation with one of the requirements being that the defendants will complete a restorative justice process with the affected parties in the City of Davis. Defendants will not be sentenced to the felony at the outset. If after one year the defendants successfully complete all requirements of probation, the felony plea will be dismissed.

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
10/24/17
10:00
D-8

Court grants continuance as key witness is unavailable. PX set for 10/24/17.

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
9/22/17
10:00
D-11

Court Trial regarding defendant's competence set for 9/22/17.

Hicks, Ted

Mears, Ryan

16F07699

Defendants charged with unlawful cultivation and sales of marijuana.

PX
12/11/17
8:30
D-10

 PX set for 12/11/17.

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.

PHC
10/2/17
8:30
D-14

 Defendant arraigned, plead not guilty.  Defendant is being held with no bail.

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

Kirk-Coehlo, Lauren

17F00877

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

RVIEW
12/15/17
10:00
D-10

Continued for review of community service.

Leae, Thomas

15H07042

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

EDC
9/20/17
1:30
D-14

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

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

 

EDC continued to 9/20/17.  Jury Trial date remains the same.

Letelier, Eduardo

16F03980

Davis day care provider charged with child molestation.

RVIEW
12/14/17
10:00
D-10

 

Rees, Frank

17H00998

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

TRC
10/23/17
8:30
D-13

MTN
10/26/17 10:00
D-13

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

Further TRC set for 10/23/17.  Jury Trial date set.

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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 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.

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