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People v Jacob James Kober Mar 23, 2015

Today, a judge sentenced defendant Jacob James Kober to 80 years to Life in prison for the murder of Kenneth Robert Ogden in 2012.

Defendant Kober sold methamphetamine out of his rented room in a house that backed onto a golf course in Livermore. Victim Ogden was a friend of defendant Kober, and owed Kober $400. In the afternoon of December 28, 2012, defendant Kober called the victim and asked to meet with him to discuss the money owed to him. The victim had told friends that he feared defendant Kober would shoot him. The victim eventually arrived at Kober’s home just before 9pm, and witnesses saw the two men leave the house and walk towards the golf course before hearing gunshots. Defendant Kober returned alone fifteen minutes later.

The following morning, the victim was was found face down on the 4th hole by a jogger. He had been shot twice, one bullet piercing the liver and heart and the second shot through his left arm. Defendant Kober fled to Oregon, where he was arrested and extradited to California to be tried for the murder of Mr Ogden.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos.

People v Isaiah Nolan Washington & Tiara Channelle Arnold Mar 18, 2015

On March 17, 2015, a jury convicted defendants Isaiah Nolan Washington and his girlfriend Tiara Channelle Arnold of two counts of first degree murder with special circumstances for the killings of 18-year old high school students, Carlos Buenrostro and Rafael Avila. The couple was also convicted for the attempted murder of Jocelyn Medellin. Additionally, defendant Washington was convicted for being in possession of a firearm with a prior felony conviction.

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Four Convicted in Violent Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Case Mar 17, 2015

Four co-defendants in a violent human trafficking and sexual assault case pled no contest and have been found guilty of multiple crimes. After months of investigation by the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, four men were charged with the trafficking and sexual assaults of four teenage girls, ages 13 through 17, in Oakland.

Defendant Isaiah Seymour was charged with trafficking three different teens along with 15 counts of sexual assault-related offenses. Defendant Gary Holt was charged with trafficking another teenage girl, along with 6 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to two of the victims. Defendant Delvahn Mosley Davis was charged with 15 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to three of the teenage victims. Defendant Matt Brito was charged with 12 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to one of the victims. All four men entered pleas during the course of the preliminary hearing, which took place in the first two weeks of March 2015.

All of the victims showed tremendous bravery in coming forward and cooperating in this prosecution.

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Mortgage Relief Scammer Receives 24 Years Prison Sentence Mar 10, 2015

The Alameda County DA's Office assisted with an investigation into a mortgage fraud operation that resulted in defendant Alan David Tikal receiving a sentence of 24 years in prison.

Tikal was successfully convicted of 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in a joint prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General’s Office. The Alameda County DA's Office, along with Stanislaus County DA's Office, assisted the Special Inspector General for the Trouble Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Strike Force investigation.

Previously, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office prosecuted Tikal for for felony mortgage securities fraud and filing false documents in 2011-2012. For a number of years, Tikal operated 'KATN Trust' and targeted vulnerable, non-English speaking homeowners looking for mortgage assistance in the wake of the financial crisis. In Alameda County, He was sentenced to 16 months state prison and also ordered to pay restitution to the 11 homeowners victimized by this scam.

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ALCO Iron & Metal Agree to Settlement Mar 5, 2015

Oakland, CA -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today that ALCO Iron & Metal, a metal recycling company headquartered in San Leandro, CA, entered into a civil settlement with her office to resolve allegations that it had underpaid for recycled aluminum.

The District Attorney’s investigation began in mid-2014, when a customer reported that ALCO employees had been underreporting the weight of recycled aluminum that was being processed through ALCO’s industrial truck scale in San Leandro. It was later determined that there were numerous instances involving the same customer in which underweighing had occurred.

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People v Vijay Bhushan and Lilron Jones Mar 4, 2015

On March 2, 2015, a jury convicted Vijay Bhushan and Lilron Ravon Jones of first degree murder and attempted murder with firearm enhancements.

On December 30, 2012, at approximately 3:30 pm, four teenage girls and a six month old baby were on their way to Bayfair Mall. They walked through the apartment complexes known as the 69th Avenue Village. One of the girls recognized a boy hanging out in the courtyard. This boy and his friend came over to the girls to talk to them. Meanwhile, defendant Jones and another gunman walked up to the group and opened fire. Defendant Bhushan was the getaway driver for defendant Jones and the other gunman. One of the girls, 15-year-old Jubrille Jordan, was shot in the back of the head and pronounced dead at the scene. One of the boys, Wyonye Bordley, 14-year-old at the time, was shot in the leg.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Glenn Kim with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo.

Pleasanton Forum Focusing on the Dangers of Prescription Drugs Mar 4, 2015

District Attorney Nancy O'Malley will be leading a discussion panel on the issue of prescription drug abuse in Pleasanton on Wednesday, March 18.

As part of Pleasanton Community Services' Community Education Series, the event will feature a screening of the film 'Behind the Orange Curtain', panel discussion, and a Q&A session.

When:
Wednesday, March 18 from 6-9pm.

Where:
Firehouse Center, 4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton.

Who:
This is a free event, open to parents and students. It is recommended that students be in at least Fifth Grade or above.

Further information can be found at Pleasanton Weekly.
To reserve your seat, please visit the Pleasanton Community Services website and enter the course code 60229.

Using New Technology to Assist in Processing Backlog of DNA Kits Feb 27, 2015

District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is continuing to champion the use of new technologies to assist in processing the backlog of DNA kits in Alameda County.

The new RapidHIT machine, recently acquired by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, is just one of the new technologies that can help us to process the backlog of DNA kits in this county, as well as perform contemporaneous investigations of in-custody suspects. The machine can process a full DNA profile from a kit in under two hours, which would usually take weeks or month if it were sent to a state lab.

DA O'Malley said, “We can’t spend the next 20 years testing kits of sexual assault crimes that happened 10 years ago. We need to do it now and we need to do it efficiently; we need to utilize all the technology that’s available to us so that we can bring justice to victims who have been sexually assaulted and to those whose cases have never been solved.

"We can get people out of jail or prison who have been wrongly convicted, and we can continue to keep our community safe," O'Malley said.

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Fraud Prevention Forum Feb 24, 2015

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is pleased to present a free Fraud Prevention Forum for members of the senior community.

Our speakers will be discussing a wide range of issues that may impact them, including medicare, prescription drug and cyber fraud. Download the flyer

When:
Thursday, 26 March from 1pm - 3pm

Where:
San Leandro Senior Community Center,
13909 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94578

Who:
The FREE event is open to seniors, as well as their family, caregivers, and friends

RSVP:
Seats are limited, and the Center kindly asks people who wish to attend the free program call the Center on (510) 577 - 3462 to make a reservation.

People v Jacob James Kober Feb 24, 2015

On February 23, 2015, a jury convicted Jacob James Kober of first degree murder and an enhancement for use of a firearm for the killing of Robert Ogden on December 28, 2012.

Defendant Kober and the victim were longtime friends. Late in 2012, they had a falling out over the victim owing the defendant money, and also about Kober's belief that the victim had tried to kiss the defendant’s girlfriend.

On the night of December 28th, 2012 the victim came to talk things over with Kober near the Springtown Golf Course, in Livermore. Kober and the victim walked out onto the golf course and the victim was found dead the next morning, shot once in the left arm and once in the right side.

The defendant fled to Oakland and then to Oregon where he was arrested and extradited back to California. While in Oregon, Kober sent threatening text messages to some of the witnesses.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos.