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.
People v Deandre Dixon and Omouri Forrest-Edwards Sep 30, 2015
On September 24, 2015, Defendants Deandre “Lil’ D” Dixon and Omouri “Beastie” Forrest-Edwards were convicted of the March 2010 murder of Mohamed Diop. The jury set the murder degree at first degree for Dixon and second degree for Forrest-Edwards and found various firearms clauses to be true.
Both defendants, teenage members of Ghost Town’s 'P-Team' subset, broke into the victim’s home the day before the shooting and stole a hand-held safe containing a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The day of the shooting, the victim confronted Defendant Dixon about the burglary and Dixon denied any involvement in the crime. As he walked away from the confrontation, Defendant Dixon told a friend of his intention to collect a gun and co-defendant Forrest-Edwards, and return to kill the victim.
DA O’Malley Helps Launch New Initiative for Students Sep 30, 2015
On September 29, 2015, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley joined forces with two non-profits to help launch a new initiative called '10 Deep Breaths'. The program, part of a broader Be Kind Online campaign, is designed to help students foster positive online relationships, and build digital environments based on kindness and respect.
10 Deep Breaths is an innovative new program by two Bay Area based non-profit organizations, Beyond Differences and iKeepSafe. The program encourages youth to pause before responding to negative communications online, foresee the potential ramifications of their communications, as well as to increase empathy and awareness, and decrease social isolation.
The two non-profits, along with DA O'Malley, launched the program at an interactive event with more than 100 students from Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro. As part of the presentation, the students were shown negative online comments and asked how they would respond. They were guided through a mindfulness exercise - taking 10 deep breaths - by their school counselor and she discussed how using this technique can positively affect their behaviour and decision making.
DA O'Malley presenting to the students from Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro.
People v Spencer Freeman Smith Sep 25, 2015
On 11 September, 2015, defendant Spencer Freeman Smith pled guilty as charged to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing a bicyclist in Dublin in 2012. On 25 September, 2015, the judge imposed the sentence of five years of felony probation, one year county jail (1 month in custody, 11 months electronic monitoring), and other standard terms of probation.
The 57-year-old victim, Bo Hu, was riding his bike along Dougherty Road late on May 15, 2012, when he was hit from behind by Defendant Smith in his car. Despite the substantial damage to the front of his car and windscreen, Defendant Smith failed to stop at the scene and continued on home. The victim died as a result of injuries sustained by being hit by Defendant Smith.
People v Kalonji Sandre Edwards Sep 25, 2015
On September 23, 2015, a jury found Kalonji Sandre Edwards guilty of first degree residential robbery, criminal threats, and for violating a restraining Order. His accomplice, Denzel Green, pled guilty as charged on the final day of the trial.
Defendant Edwards and the victim knew each other, having previously been in a relationship together. On June 23, 2015, Defendant Edwards went to the victim's residence in Livermore around 2 AM and demanded money that the victim owed him. The victim offered a partial payment and went inside her apartment. Defendant Edwards forced his way in, and locked the door behind him. He threatened to kill the victim, and proceeded to ransack her apartment. There was a knock at the door, and Defendant Green let in his accomplice Denzel Green to the victim's apartment, and ordered him to look around for anything valuable.
Defendant Edwards and Green take the victim's ID, bank card, keys, jewelry, iPhone and other miscellaneous items. At the time of this offence, Defendant Edwards was on probation for committing acts of domestic violence against the victim and other women.
Defendant Edwards is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30. Green will also be charged for his involvement in the crimes on that date. The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos with assistance from Victim-Witness Advocate Nicole Santos.
People v Damari Mathews Sep 25, 2015
On July 27, 2015, a jury found defendant Damari Mathews guilty of second degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon with priors and carrying a loaded firearm on one's person within a city.
On September 21, 2013, around 5:30pm, the victim went for a walk near his house in San Leandro with his three year old grandson and his dog. The victim, Guo Qiang Wu, a 61-year-old non-English speaker, walked past a vehicle with two males inside. He turned the corner and noticed the two males (one of them being Defendant Mathews) following him on foot.
The County of Alameda and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office are proud to receive the 2015 Savvy Silver Circle Award for the outstanding community outreach component of the DA’s Office’s HEAT (Human Exploitation And Trafficking) Watch program.
The accolade was awarded by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) at their annual conference in Atlanta, GA. The HEAT Watch outreach efforts, that included an effective billboard and social media campaign, won in the category for Most Innovative.
For the past 27 years, the Savvy Awards competition has recognized outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. Winning entries have demonstrated best practices in the field and have also served as the benchmark for local government communication efforts around the nation.
Applications for the 2016 District Attorney’s Justice Academy are now available.
The District Attorney’s Justice Academy is a six month learning and working experience for high school juniors and seniors ages 16 and up who are interested in pursuing the study of law, justice, social justice, and the courts. The Academy is offered to students who are residents of Alameda County and attend public school in the following districts:
- Tri-Valley: Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore Valley.
- Eden Area: Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo.
- North County: Alameda Unified, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, Oakland, Piedmont.
To find out more about the program and download an application form, please visit our DAJA page.
Alameda County DA Host the Safe Drug Take-Back Day Sep 17, 2015
Alameda County DA’s Office Participates in Nationwide Event
The public is encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription or over the counter medication for free, confidential and safe disposal at the Alameda County DA's Safe Drug Take-Back Day.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, is participating in National Drug Take Back Day.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 10AM – 2PM
- Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA
- Fremont Hall of Justice, 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA
- Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice Courthouse, 5672 Stoneridge Drive #D, Pleasanton, CA
- George E. McDonald Hall of Justice Courthouse, 2233 Shoreline Drive, Alameda, CA