People v Meghan Anne Zato Nov 13, 2015
On November 13, 2015, Defendant Meghan Anne Zato was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon causing brain injury to victim James Roda, two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in the personal infliction of great bodily injury causing coma, as well as an additional count of hit and run.
Shortly after midnight on October 5, 2013, Defendant Zato (who was a law student at the University of California - Hastings College of Law at the time of the offences), was kicked out of the Ruby Room bar in Oakland by bar security due to disruptive and belligerent behavior. Outside the bar, Defendant Zato saw a group of people tagging the Oakland library with graffiti. Defendant Zato confronted the group and an argument ensued. She repeatedly threatened to call the police on them, and a member of the group punched Defendant Zato in the face and took her cell phone.
People v Leondre Paige Nov 13, 2015
On November 12, 2015, Defendant Leondre Paige was found guilty as charged by a jury of first degree murder with enhancements for the 2011 killing of Daniel Bradford. His co-defendant, Dante Clifton Burch Jnr, pled guilty to murder in October 2015.
Around 3pm on June 14, 2011, Defendant Burch and his girlfriend Alexis Johns approached the victim’s brother, Carlos, at the San Leandro apartment complex where they all lived. Alexis wanted to buy marijuana from Carlos, but he told her that he did not have any to sell. Defendant Burch became upset with Carlos and they began to fight. An unknown person separated them and Defendant Burch vowed to return with his "boys."
Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced that defendants Dahood Bey and Rory Parker were sentenced, following their October 7, 2015, guilty pleas to multiple felony counts including grand theft, filing false documents, tax evasion and conspiracy.
Dahood Bey pled no contest to 21 felonies and was sentenced today to serve five years in state prison. His mother, Rory Parker, pled no contest to five felonies and received credit for 235 days already served in County Jail and five years felony probation. Their codefendants, Dahood Bey’s wives Jameelah Bey and Qadirah Bey, along with Basheer Muhammad, Billie Poindexter and Ira Dickerson, all entered no contest pleas in this case at earlier court appearances and are expected to be sentenced next month.
People v Robert Grandville Kelso Nov 4, 2015
On October 28, 2015, a jury found Robert Grandville Kelso guilty of attempted contacting a minor with intent to commit sex crime, of attempted sending harmful matter to a minor and of attempted arranging sexual meeting with a minor.
On April 24, 2014, Defendant posted an ad on Craigslist to meet a young female. Detective Lydon with the Alameda County Sherriff’s Office, in an undercover capacity, responded as a 14 year old female. Their email exchange lasted seven days. The defendant sent sexually explicit and obscene emails during this period.
People v Manuel Trujillo and Mohammed Khan Nov 4, 2015
On October 19, 2015, Defendants Manuel Trujillo and Mohammed Zarin Kahn were convicted of first degree murder for the killing of Francisco Lopez in February 2010. The jury also returned guilty verdicts for the attempted voluntary manslaughter of Fernando Lopez.
On February 26, 2010, brothers Francisco and Fernando Lopez broke into a home in Hayward that was operating illegally as a marijuana grow. The house was being guarded by two men as well as two large pit bulls. Francisco and Fernando were immediately apprehended by the guards who held the brothers at gunpoint.
San Diego, CA — Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced the launch and first Regional Information Summit of the H.E.A.T. Institute. The Institute is a newly created, California research-based think-tank committed to ending all forms of human trafficking in California. A Blue Ribbon Commission comprised of a broad base of statewide leaders has been created to learn from professionals, service providers and survivors of sex trafficking throughout California.
Six Regional Information Summits will convene over the coming six months to gather information on how California’s diverse communities are responding to human trafficking. The Commissioners will then review the gaps and challenges in responses and services, as well as identify best and promising practices.
Following the initial Regional Information Summit in San Diego, the H.E.A.T. Institute Commission will convene additional summits in Los Angeles, Orange County (San Bernadino and Riverside), Central Valley (Frenso), North East California (Sacramento) and the Bay Area.
In February, 2015, District Attorney O’Malley was presented with the prestigious James Irving Foundation Leadership Award for her work in combating human trafficking. The Award included funding to further that work and with those funds, DA O'Malley created the H.E.A.T. Institute.
DA Nancy O'Malley gives welcoming remarks at the Inaugural H.E.A.T. Institute Regional Information Summit in San Diego, CA. The event is cosponsored by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, flanked by San Diego County DA Bonnie Dumanis (second from left).
People v Ali Asghar Kimia Oct 21, 2015
On October 14, 2015, a jury found Defendant Ali Asghar Kimia guilty of attempted murder, carjacking, robbery, elder abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon along with various clauses for great bodily injury, personal use of a deadly weapon, and vulnerable victim. During the sanity phase of the trial, the jury determined that Defendant Kimia was sane at the time that he committed these crimes.
On January 26, 2010, Defendant Ali Asghar Kimia strangled his seventy-two year old victim, and left him unconscious in the middle of the street in Hayward. Defendant Kimia drove away with the victim’s wallet and car. A few minutes later, Defendant Kimia returned to the scene of the crime to kill the victim. He snuck up on the victim from behind, and proceeded to strangle him again.
People v Robert Drawn Oct 20, 2015
On October 8, 2015, a jury found Defendant Robert Drawn guilty of the first degree murder of Waleed Wheatfall (with enhancements for using a gun), attempted murder of Kennith Robinson (also with enhancements for using a gun), unlawful assault with a weapon, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
On September 17th, 2011, at approximately 4:30pm, Defendant Drawn and an unknown accomplice walked up to a young man in the parking lot of a supermarket at 57th and Foothill in Oakland. The young man, Waleed Wheatfall, extended his hand as if to offer a handshake. Instead, Defendant Drawn pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and fired multiple gunshots, killing him.
2015 Day of Remembrance Oct 15, 2015
On Friday, 30 October, 2015, the DA's Office and the Alameda County Family Justice Center will celebrate the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the 13th Annual Day of Remembrance.
The event honors victims who have died at the hands of their intimate partners, celebrates those who have survived, and connects those who work with victims of domestic violence. During the ceremony, a survivor will tell their story, and the names of those murdered by their domestic partners will be read and remembered.
We hope you will join us for the event to demonstrate domestic violence will not be tolerated in our society. We unite to say: #NoMore.
Alameda County Administration Building Plaza
1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612.
Formal program from 12:15pm to 1:15pm, with resource tables open from 11:30am.
For more information about the event, please contact the Alameda County Family Justice Center on (510) 267-8800.
People v Hien Phouc Nguyen Oct 6, 2015
On October 5, 2015, Defendant Hien Phouc Nguyen was found guilty of felony transportation of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, and simple possession of marijuana.
On February 3, 2015, Defendant Nguyen was traveling along 880 on his motorcycle. He was seen speeding by a CHP officer and was pulled over. As the officer approached Defendant Nguyen, the officer smelled alcohol and an odor of marijuana.