People v Cartier Hunter and Giovonte Douglas Jul 22, 2016
On June 27, 2016, defendants Cartier Hunter and Giovonte Douglas were convicted for the premeditated first degree murder of Charles Hiawatha Butler. Defendant Hunter was found to have personally discharged a firearm causing death or great bodily injury, and convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On December 22, 2011, at about 10:30 am, victim Charles Butler was parking his car in front of the Northside Market at the corner of 45th and Market. While parking his car, Mr Butler made contact with Defendant Giovante Douglas’ car. A passenger in Douglas’ car, Defendant Carier Hunter, immediately exited the car as Defendant Douglas approached Mr Butler. After exchanging words, Defendant Douglas returned to his car and drove away from the store, leaving Defendant Hunter behind.
People v Alexander David Yohn Jul 20, 2016
On June 30th, 2016, a jury found defendant Alexander David Yohn guilty of second degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
On the evening of March 24, 2014, Defendant Yohn drove from his home in Emeryville to a bar in Fremont to go on an OkCupid date. While on the date, the defendant consumed twelve shots of whiskey. Defendant Yohn was told by his date that he was too drunk to drive and his date called the defendant’s roommate to come pick him up. Despite his roommate telling the defendant he would come and pick him up, Defendant Yohn chose to drive. Defendant Yohn drove to Taco Bell and ordered food. The Taco Bell employee saw how intoxicated the defendant was and called 911.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton) hosted Patrick Grady, Member of the British Parliament, on Saturday at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse to discuss gun violence issues.
The event, highlighting the nations’ differing attitudes on gun ownership and violence, featured a display of dozens of firearms used in violent crimes in Alameda County.
DA O’Malley spoke of an Oakland mother who was shot to death in 2015 while shielding her two children from a gang-related gunfight. “Too many people get caught in the crossfire.”
She also said U.S. law enforcement officers run the risk of being outgunned.
“We can’t just keep escalating the firepower – we have to really address the guns in our community and do our best to get those off our streets,” said O’Malley. “It’s not about stopping people from owning guns, it’s just making sure that people who own guns are the people who should.”
People v Shanden Stanley Jul 14, 2016
On June 15, 2016, a jury found defendant Shanden Stanley guilty as charged with enhancements – including attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder; mayhem; felon in possession of a firearm; domestic violence; kidnapping; assault with a firearm; and criminal threats.
In October 2013, the victim was trying to end a relationship with Defendant Stanley, who was also the father of one of her children and, at times, her exploiter. On October 18, 2013, the victim was working in San Jose providing commercial sex. Defendant Stanley called her 115 times that evening looking for her. He ultimately found her car and hid by her car waiting for her to return.
Celebrating the 2016 Graduates of Truancy Court Jul 14, 2016
Recently, the Honorable Judge Gloria Rhynes presided over a court experience of a different type: a graduation ceremony for Truancy Court.
Thirty-one families, with children ranging in age from elementary school through secondary, started their journey in Truancy Court after being referred to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for being chronically absent from school.
The parents of these children appeared throughout the year in a collaborative court setting aimed at addressing the underlying issues that prevented regular school attendance. Working alongside the court, community-based organizations, Alameda County Health, and Asthma Start, the DA’s office’s Truancy program was able to affect positive change in their lives.
To celebrate this achievement, the graduating families gathered in Department 3 to share their success with the court. After hearing about the tremendous progress of the students and the commitment of the whole family to ensure they attend school, Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick brought a motion to have their cases dismissed. These motions were granted by Judge Rhynes.
People v Jesus Joseph Aromin Jul 1, 2016
On June 17, 2016, a jury found defendant Jesus Joseph Aromin guilty of committing a lewd act on a child.
On October 11, 2015, 7-year-old Laura Doe and her mother went to see the evening showing of Hotel Transylvania II, a children’s movie, at the Regal Cinema in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Shortly after the movie began, the defendant entered the nearly-empty theatre and sat directly next to Laura Doe.
People v Gerald Gipson Jun 30, 2016
A jury found Defendant Gerald A. Gipson guilty of first degree murder with personal use of a firearm causing death enhancements, as well as first degree robbery with personal use of a firearm enhancement. They jury also found Defendant Gipson guilty of two felon in possession of a firearm charges. Defendant Gipson is a six-time convicted felon.
Defendant Gipson was a member of a local criminal street gang. On July 23, 2014, at approximately 3 pm, Defendant Gipson walked up to Timothy Wilson, a known drug dealer in the area, inwho was standing in his driveway in East Oakland. He shot victim Wilson twice – once in the torso and a fatal shot to the head -- before he fled on foot. It is believed that Defendant Gipson targeted Wilson over an inner-feud within the gang stemming from a homicide which occurred years earlier.
The top priority of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is to ensure that criminal prosecutions are conducted ethically and professionally. The attorneys in this office stand by the integrity of each case brought into a court of law. We take very seriously our obligation to see that justice is served and that the rights of both victims and criminal defendants are upheld.
This office also seeks to keep the public informed about matters of concern. To that end, we would like to provide a thorough update on a matter revealed to this office on June 12, 2016. At that time, the Oakland Police Department brought to our attention allegations that OPD Sergeant Mike Gantt involved a third party in the transcription of certain audio recordings that were part of criminal investigations. This office immediately opened an inquiry into this matter.
We took the following steps and have made the following findings:
People v Bradley Craig Mathes Jun 22, 2016
On May 2, 2016, a jury found Defendant Bradley Craig Mathes guilty of attempted extortion.
On September 1, 2015, at approximately 8:47 pm the victim crossed the road from the Union City BART station and walked east bound on Alvarado Niles Road when he saw Defendant Mathes approach him on a bicycle. Defendant Mathes asked the victim, “What did you say to me?”, and the victim replied that he did not say anything. Defendant Mathes asked the victim how much money he had and the victim replied that he did not have any money and that the defendant did not have to do this.