People v Thiago DeFreitas May 17, 2016
On May 16, 2016, a jury found defendant Thiago DeFreitas guilty of a felony count of hit and run causing injury, and a felony count of evading the police. On December 11, 2011, DeFreitas, along with a woman and three other men, drove from the East Bay to a night club in San Francisco. All were consuming alcohol. After the club closed around 2:00 A.M., the defendant drove the group in his BMW 740 back across the bay bridge and onto Highway 80. A California Highway Patrol officer noticed the defendant weaving out of his lane and tried to pull the defendant over. Instead of pulling over, the defendant sped up and tried to get away from the officer, driving onto Highway 580 West toward the Richmond Bridge. Once on 580, the defendant drove over 135 miles per hour while trying to outrun the officer and eventually tried to exit the freeway at the Regatta Street off ramp. However, the BMW crashed through a road sign and into a power pole, severing the pole from its base and knocking the right front passenger unconscious.
The defendant and the male passengers then got out of the vehicle, jumped over a fence and fled. After some heroic actions from the officer, the female passenger was helped to safety away from the fallen power lines. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. The defendant was out of custody during trial and failed to appear at the time the jury reached the verdict. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt Gaidos with assistance from Inspectors Jim Rullamas and Cesar Basa.
People v Diantay Powell May 13, 2016
On May 12,2016 Diantay Powell was convicted of the second degree murder of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel and first degree murder of 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain.
Powell shot both girls to death in the early morning hours of November 25, 2012 – Thanksgiving weekend. The girls, Powell, and two other young men had been socializing that early morning in a car driven by one of the other men. A few minutes before the shooting, Powell took a phone call from his girlfriend. When he hung up, he told the girls to get out of the car because the girlfriend would be coming to get him. When the girls refused, Powell yanked Bobbie out of the back seat of the car. She responded by slapping him, and he struck her, causing her to fall to the ground. Raquel got out of the car and verbally confronted Powell for hitting her best friend. Powell responded with, “[Expletive], I’ll knock you out too!” Powell shot Raquel at close range in the head with a 9mm Beretta that held a 30-round extended clip. Bobbie immediately pleaded with Powell multiple times, “I won’t tell anybody,” as she started to run away. Powell chased her down the street, firing at least 20 shots at her. Bobbie suffered 13 entrance wounds – nearly entirely in her back and buttocks – as well as one graze wound and a few shots to the purse she was carrying.
Due to the true finding of the multiple murder special circumstance, Powell will be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole at his July 29, 2016 sentencing.
People v Namon Taylor May 2, 2016
On April 27, 2016, defendant Namon Taylor was convicted of two counts of second degree robbery, and possession of firearm by a felon with priors.
Between May 2015 and November 2015 Defendant Namon Taylor and his former co-defendant, Lacarl Dow, were being investigated for a series of robberies that had occurred at convenience stores in counties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In Alameda County, Defendant Taylor committed two convenience store robberies on October 21 and November 19, 2015.
OAKLAND, CA – The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce that Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has been selected by the American Bar Association as a 2016 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. DA O’Malley, who has served as the District Attorney of Alameda County since 2009 and the first woman to hold that position, is now the first District Attorney in the nation to receive this prestigious award from the ABA.
The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Honorees receiving the Margaret Brent Award have achieved professional excellence in their field and influenced other woman to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, and/or advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.
People v Alice Fausto Apr 26, 2016
On April 20, 2016, defendant Alice Fausto was convicted of felony grand theft in an immigration fraud case. She pled no contest to five counts of felony grand theft and was ordered to serve 18 months in county jail, in addition to being ordered to pay restitution of over $50,000 to her victims and being placed on probation for five years.
Between June 2014 and September 2015, Defendant Fausto fraudulently represented herself as a paralegal and solicited business from undocumented members of the local community to assist them in obtaining work permits and visas for themselves and members of their family. Most of the victims paid Fausto in cash.
DA’s Office is Participating in Drug Take Back Day Apr 15, 2016
On April 30, 2016, the Alameda County DA’s Office will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day, in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
The public is encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription or over the counter medication for free, confidential and safe disposal. It is a great opportunity to rid your home of potentially-dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs, thereby helping to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. This can also include unused pet medication.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
People v Joseph Charles Hannon Apr 15, 2016
On April 14, 2016, a jury found defendant Joseph Charles Hannon guilty of assault with a firearm plus clauses for the use of a firearm and great bodily injury, as well as felon in possession of a firearm.
On February 23, 2014, at about 9 am, Defendant Hannon and his girlfriend entered the McDonalds at the intersection of 45th & Telegraph in Oakland. They ordered food and sat in a booth near the victim. Believing the victim had said something inappropriate to his girlfriend, Defendant Hannon yelled at him then stood up and walked quickly toward the victim with his right hand in his pocket.
People v Larry Darnell Fuller Apr 7, 2016
On April 6, 2016, a jury found defendant Larry Darnell Fuller guilty of first degree murder with the special circumstance of killing a witness to prevent testimony for the 2004 killing of Samy Sanjay. Defendant Fuller was also convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon.
“While we cannot undo the tragedy of Samy Sanjay’s murder, we do hope that this verdict brings his family and loved-ones a sense that justice has been served on his behalf,” says prosecutor Stacie Pettigrew.
“I wish to thank the members of the jury for their hard work and dedication throughout this difficult trial.”
In 2000, Defendant Fuller took his car to RyNck Tires in Castro Valley, CA for repairs and left without paying. He returned the following day and robbed the business with a gun. Shortly thereafter, he was prosecuted for felony grand theft, and received a sentence of three years in state prison.