Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Alameda County Justice Restoration Project Launched Sep 21, 2017

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced that the District Attorney’s Office, leading a partnership of county agencies, community partners and non-government resource providers, has launched the Alameda County Justice Restoration Project.

The Justice Restoration Project is a unique project in that it is a Pay For Success Project, with seed funding awarded by the Bureau of State and Community Corrections through a competitive grant program. Pay For Success is a fiscal partnership between a government agency, in this case Alameda County, under the leadership of the District Attorney’s Office, and private or foundation funders. The non-government funds are invested in a project with specific contractual milestones and outcomes.

Through the Justice Restoration Project, the guiding principles are focused on successful outcomes for young adults who are on felony probation or who have been charged with certain felony crimes. Not only does the project focus on reducing and eliminating recidivism, but on providing the resources and processes for individuals to build bright futures. The Justice Restoration Project will focus on young adults ages 18-24 and will be evaluated by WestEd, an independent research and assessment organization.

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People v Hassan Lee Bratcher Sep 11, 2017

On September 6, 2017, a jury found Defendant Hassan Lee Bratcher guilty of kidnapping and forcible rape as well as additional kidnap allegations against Jane Doe.

On March 5, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am, Defendant Bratcher was driving a van around Oakland. He came across Jane Doe, a 33 year old female with a cognitive disability, who was walking to church. He called out to her from his vehicle and they had a short conversation during which he was very kind and pretended to know Jane Doe in order to lure her into his car. Jane Doe was tired and having difficulty walking so Defendant Bratcher agreed to provide her a ride the rest of the way to her church.

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People v Hasson William Hedgepeth Sep 6, 2017

Recently, a jury found Defendant Hasson William Hedgepeth guilty of first degree murder with an enhancement for the personal an intentional use of a firearm causing great bodily injury, as well as attempted voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement for use of a firearm.

On October 4, 2013, at about 8:30 pm, Defendant Hasson Hedgepeth met up with victims Philip Montenegro and Brandon Smith in the 2900 Block of 106th Avenue in Oakland. Defendant Hedgepeth enticed the victims to meet by offering to sell "syrup" to them for $500. Defendant Hedgepeth attempted to sell the victims the purported "syrup" but the victims discovered that the "syrup" was not the agreed upon type.

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Alameda County DA O’Malley Announces Charges Filed Against Four Deputy Sheriffs Sep 5, 2017

Felony Assault Under Color of Authority, Witness Intimidation, and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice Charges Filed Against Four Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies

OAKLAND, CA – Today, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges against four Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The criminal complaint alleges that defendants Justin Linn and Erik McDermott committed felony assault under color of authority, witness intimidation, and conspiracy to obstruct of justice. The complaint alleges defendants Stephen Sarcos and Sarah Krause committed the crime of felony assault under the color of authority. The complaint, naming all four defendants, alleges various crimes committed against eight individual victims.

The defendants have been ordered to appear for arraignment today, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in Department 712 in the East County Hall of Justice at 2:00 pm.

“It is the mission of the Sheriff’s Office to protect life and property while providing humane treatment to those in its custody. Those entrusted with supervising and caring for individuals while incarcerated must be held to the highest ethical and professional standards,” says District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

“These four deputies directed, facilitated, enabled and committed sadistic and terrorizing acts against several men whose protection fell directly within the responsibility of their positions as correctional officers. The conduct of these four defendants violates the law and there is no rational explanation for their actions aside from abject cruelty and a disregard for the humanity of the inmates.”

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People v Aaron K Tingle Aug 25, 2017

On August 15, 2017, a jury found defendant Aaron K Tingle guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

In December 2016, the victim and her sister, Lashonda Lowery, lived together in an apartment in Berkeley. The apartment building had recently changed ownership and all the tenants were being evicted. Defendant Tingle was dating Lashonda at the time. On the morning of December 22, Defendant Tingle and Lashonda were asleep the apartment when the victim stopped by to pick up the last of her belongings. The victim was in the process of moving into a new apartment.

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Tips for Seniors Aug 23, 2017

Tips for Seniors to Avoid Financial Exploitation

Join us for a free seminar for seniors. This program is presented by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Elder Protection Unit, at the Castro Valley Public Library and is FREE!

Topics include:

  • Scams and Frauds that Target Seniors
  • Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Scams and Frauds
  • Resources

Castro Valley Public Library
3600 Norbridge Ave.
Castro Valley

Date: Sunday,
September 17, 2017
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

No reservations are required for this FREE event. Library is wheelchair accessible. For other accommodation, please contact the library at least 10 working days in advance.
Voice 510-667-7900 / TTY 888-663-0660

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Rapid DNA Act Signed into Law Aug 22, 2017

Recently, the bipartisan, bicameral Rapid DNA Act of 2017 was signed into law. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been a powerful advocate of Rapid DNA technology to solve crimes and exonerate the wrongfully accused.

DNA is a critical forensic tool in solving sexual assaults as well as other serious crimes. Many government crime labs are overburdened with work, and don’t have the capacity to process this vital forensic evidence in a timely manner. This problem has resulted in an estimated backlog of 400,000 to 500,000 sexual assault kits throughout the nation, leaving sexual assault crimes unsolved and violent criminals free to reoffend.

Rapid DNA technology is a vital tool to expedite entry into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that will speed up the timetable for DNA analysis. This expedited entry of DNA reference samples into CODIS through Rapid DNA will assist law enforcement to more quickly solve crimes, link suspects to other investigations including unsolved rapes and murders, and release individuals whom DNA analysis indicates are innocent.

The bill allows for a suspect’s DNA sample to be taken at the time of booking, developed within 90 minutes and then uploaded directly into CODIS, as opposed to the current lengthy process.

“Rapid DNA technology provides an effective new way to identify or clear a suspect within 90 minutes instead of what now can take years," says Alameda County DA Nancy E. O’Malley.

“Law enforcement agencies across the nation and the people they serve will be grateful for this bipartisan effort to make their work more efficient.”

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Statement by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on Hate-Driven Speech and Violence Aug 15, 2017

"The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office stands firmly against hate-driven speech and violence. There is no place in this county for destructive conduct or violence driven by racism, anti-Semitism, or hatred.

"The DA's Office has a Hate Crime Hotline (510-208-4824) and we follow up on all calls. Hate driven violence is a violation of California law, and those responsible will be prosecuted to the full extent of those laws."

-- Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney


Sentencing in Brutal Castro Valley Cold Case Murder Jul 21, 2017

On July 17, 2017, Defendants Cheryl Ann Drace and William Joseph Devincenzi were each sentenced to 15 years to life for the cold case murder of Defendant Drace's ex-husband Stephen Rudiger in 1990. The cold-blooded murder of Mr Rudiger 27 years ago had remained open until a 2010 anonymous tip helped solve the mystery.

Defendant Cheryl Ann Drace and Mr Rudiger married in 1985 and both had children from their previous relationships. But by mid-1990, Defendant Drace had become prison-penpals with Defendant William Devincenzi, who was serving time in Federal Prison. She would frequently speak to Defendant Devincenzi for hours at a time on the phone and they wrote love letters to each other. In September 1990, divorce proceedings between Defendant Drace and Mr Rudiger were finalized, though one matter remained unresolved: the sale of their Castro Valley home.

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