People v David Tarnue Mabullu Feb 7, 2017
On February 1, 2017, Defendant David Tarnue Mabullu was convicted of two counts of forcible rape, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and domestic violence battery.
The victim, Jane Doe, met Defendant Mabullu when she started working at a fast food restaurant in 2012. They began a dating relationship that continued until May 2016, and at one point were engaged to be married. Through much of the relationship, defendant Mabullu had been verbally and physically abusive towards the victim, but she never reported any of the abuse until June 27, 2016.
On the evening of June 26, 2016, at around 10:30 pm, Defendant Mabullu called the victim and demanded that she have sex with him. She refused. An argument ensued, leading the victim to hang up and turn her phone off. Jane Doe clocked out of work at around 11:30 pm and walked toward her car in the parking lot. Defendant Mabullu had been waiting for her in the car park in his mother’s vehicle and confronted Jane Doe. He grabbed a drink she had in her hand and dumped it on her while cursing at her. He then took her personal belongings and ordered her into his mother's vehicle. Defendant Mabullu hit Jane Doe in the face and body as he drove her to his family home in Oakland.
People v Anthony L Durant Feb 2, 2017
On January 31, 2017, a jury found Defendant Anthony L Durant guilty of the second degree murder of Christian Sheppard and unlawful firearm activity.
On the afternoon of October 6, 2015, friends Antuan Mason, Christian Sheppard, Kenneth Joubert, and Defendant Anthony L Durant met up at the Rosewood apartment complex in Russell Street, Berkeley. The group decided to play dice, and so they played behind the neighboring apartment complex where dice games occur 1-2 times per week. The four started playing dice and were joined by numerous other people throughout the afternoon.
People v Joseph Ochoa Jan 23, 2017
On January 6, 2017, a jury found Joseph Ochoa guilty of 8 counts of child sexual assault.
In August 2005, Defendant Ochoa moved into an apartment in Newark with his new girlfriend (Jane Doe’s mother) and 7 year-old victim Jane Doe. Defendant Ochoa eventually married Jane Doe’s mother, and lived with them over the next 8 years in various apartments and homes in Newark, Hayward, and Tracy.
People v Michael Jose Monert Jan 11, 2017
On December 14, 2016, a jury found defendant Michael Jose Monert guilty of the first degree murder of Pamela Sanders, the second degree murder of Debra Adkins, and the second degree murder of Janice Flahiff, plus enhancements.
Defendant Monert was a serial murderer of prostitutes in Oakland during the late 1980s and early 90s. While awaiting trial for the murder of Pamela Sanders, Defendant Monert confessed to murdering two more women. During his confessions he provided details that only the killer would know. Some of these details included the manner of death, location of where the murders took place, and where he dumped the bodies.
People v Lakisha Evette Young Dec 27, 2016
On December 12, 2016, a jury found defendant Lakisha Evette Young guilty as charged of second degree murder and unlawful firearm activity, with enhancements.
On October 4, 2014, at approximately 1am, Defendant Young and victim Jeron Smith were hanging out with about 15-20 people on 72nd Avenue in Oakland. At that time, Defendant Young had suspected that Mr Smith knew something about the 2013 murder of a mutual friend, Mikel, and she had some animosity toward Mr Smith.
People v Curtis Yee Dec 2, 2016
On November 17, 2016, an Alameda County jury convicted Defendant Curtis Yee of first degree murder for the killing of Mr Jian Jin in 2013. Defendant Yee was found to have personally discharged a firearm causing death or great bodily injury, and was also found to have committed a robbery and a burglary as a special circumstance in the commission of that murder.
On February 13, 2013, Defendants Curtis Yee, Vuong Phan, and Lae Lokeaphone, met at a residence on 25th Avenue in Oakland. They planned to commit a robbery of an in-home 'massage parlor' in the area of 16th Avenue in Oakland. Just before they left to carry out the robbery, Defendant Yee obtained a gun from one of the residents of the 25th Avenue address.
People v Fesuiai Soli Fuimaono Nov 17, 2016
On November 3, 2016, a jury found defendant Fesuiai Soli Fuimaono guilty of seven felony counts of molesting a child and sexual assault.
'Janet Doe' was raised by her aunt and older cousin. When she was nine years old, her biological mother married Defendant Fuimaono in Samoa. Janet’s biological mother returned to the US and requested that her only child, Janet Doe, live with them.
People v Adam Kalani Jones Nov 2, 2016
On October 27, 2016, defendant Adam Kalani Jones was convicted of assault upon a peace officer with a clause for causing great bodily injury, as well as resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer. The court found Defendant Jones violated his parole and found true three state prison priors.
People v Andrew Resto Gutierrez Oct 26, 2016
On October 24, 2016, a jury found defendant Andrew Resto Gutierrez guilty of rape of an intoxicated person and rape of an unconscious person.
On September 19, 2014, Defendant Gutierrez found the victim passed out in her vehicle on Park street in Alameda. The victim had drunk alcohol and felt it was unsafe for her to drive. She vomited on herself after she pulled over and climbed into the back seat to sleep.
People v Lazaro B. Guzman Oct 25, 2016
On October 21, 2016, a jury convicted defendant Lazaro B. Guzman of one count of aggravated sexual assault and six counts of lewd and lascivious acts against John Doe, a minor under the age of 14. The jury also convicted him of one count of continuous sexual abuse and three counts of lewd and lascivious acts against Jane Doe, a minor under the age of 14. Defendant Guzman committed these acts some 10 years ago.
Defendant Lazaro B. Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced on December 16, 2016.
The case was prosecuted by DDA Amanda Chavez with assistance from DA Inspector Jean Luevano and Victim-Witness Advocates Lily Bueno and Yuen Chiang.
People v Paul Booker, Jason Beasley & Ruben Mitchell Oct 17, 2016
On September 23, 2016, a jury convicted defendants Paul Booker, Jason Antoine Beasley, and Ruben Manzell Mitchell of numerous offences and enhancements, including kidnapping, torture, assault with a firearm, attempted pandering, and human trafficking for commercial sex. Defendants Booker and Mitchell were additionally convicted of rape by a foreign object as well as assault with a deadly weapon.
In 2013, 17-year-old Jane Doe ran away from home and was living on a friend's couch, making money in the commercial sex trade to survive. She knew Defendants Booker and Beasley, and previously Defendant Booker had propositioned her, offering to work as her 'pimp'. Ms Doe declined to work for him. On June 2, 2013, Ms Doe spent the night with Defendant Beasley at an apartment in San Leandro. The following day, Ms Doe and defendant Beasley intended to go out of town in order for Ms Doe to work as a prostitute. Before leaving, defendant Beasley drove Ms Doe to Oakland.
People v Corey Malik Powell Oct 13, 2016
On October 12, 2016, a jury found defendant Corey Malik Powell guilty of felony discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, being a felon in possession of a gun, carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of misdemeanor resisting arrest.
On September 1, 2015, at approximately 8 pm, two BART PD officers at West Oakland BART station saw Defendant Powell smoking a cigarette as he leaned against the pony wall on platform two. The wall overlooked the parking lot, 30-40 feet below. The officers asked Defendant Powell for ID and told him that if he was free of warrants they would let him go with a warning.
People v Stephon Lee and Mario Floyd Sep 30, 2016
On September 15, 2016, a jury found Defendant Stephon Lee and Defendant Mario Mady Floyd convicted of felony murder with special circumstance findings related to the robbery of Ms. Salamon.
On July 24, 2013, Oakland anti-crime activist and neighborhood dog walker, Judy Salamon, was shot in the 2400 block of Fern Street in Oakland. Moments before her murder, Defendants Stephon Lee and Mario Floyd observed Ms. Salamon using her cell phone to record them. Defendant Floyd approached Ms. Salamon and attempted to take her phone, but Ms. Salamon resisted. Defendant Lee then approached Ms. Salamon and shot her.
People v Gregory Gadlin Sep 21, 2016
On September 14, 2016, a jury convicted defendant Gregory D. Gadlin of the first degree murder of Evan Meisner.
Shortly after 1:30AM on March 31, 2011, victim Evan Meisner invited his neighbor, Defendant Gadlin, to his home to sell him marijuana so as victim Meisner could pay rent. Instead, Defendant Gadlin robbed and murdered him, shooting the victim in the neck and stealing the victim's wallet, phone, and marijuana.
People v Ayodele Patterson Sep 16, 2016
On September 1, 2016, Defendant Ayodele Patterson was convicted of first degree murder and burglary special circumstance for the killing of 80-year-old Ms. Carolyn June Pavon in 2010.
On June 26, 2010, Defendant Ayodele Patterson, Defendant Donnie Howard and Defendant Lionel Harris planned to commit a residential burglary in Hayward. Defendants Patterson and Howard lived in the neighborhood and pre-selected June Pavon’s house as the target of their armed home invasion. Defendant Harris lived in Oakland and had never been to Ms. Pavon’s home. She was a widow and lived alone with her 15-year old Border Collie named Nikki. Several weeks earlier, Ms. Pavon's home had been burglarized over the Memorial Day weekend.
People v Sonny Joseph Anderson Aug 31, 2016
On August 29, 2016, defendant Sonny Joseph Anderson was convicted of the horrific murder of 14-year-old Ivan Cruz, as well as gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter, evading an officer causing death, evading an officer driving against traffic, fleeing the scene of a crash, and assault on a police animal.
The convictions stem from conduct beginning on November 11, 2014, where Defendant Anderson fled from an Alameda County Sheriff deputy who attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation.
People v Michael Herbert Horace Aug 24, 2016
On August 5, 2016, a jury found defendant Michael Herbert Horace guilty as charged of first degree murder of Oakland man Tass Jackson.
On April 29, 2015 at approximately 12:58 am, Mr Tass Jackson was shot and killed on 46th Avenue between East 12th St. and International Boulevard in Oakland, CA. Victim Jackson was a 51-year-old Oakland resident who had just finished working at a late-night recycling business located on 46th Avenue.
People v Joseph Bontempo Aug 23, 2016
On August 10, 2016, an Alameda County jury convicted defendant Joseph Bontempo of second degree murder for the killing of his wife, Laurie Wolfe, on July 6, 2014.
Defendant Bontempo and his wife had been together for nearly twenty years when he beat her to death inside their home. There was no known history of domestic violence between the two.
Defendant Bontempo inflicted multiple blunt force injuries on Lauri Wolfe, forcefully slamming her head and body into the edge of a hardwood stair as well as the ground below, a minimum of sixteen times.
People v Edgar Patino Aug 12, 2016
On August 5, 2016, a jury convicted defendant Edgar Patino (AKA Edgar Mora), as charged of continuous sexual abuse of a child under age 14, assault with means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, and criminal threats.
The convictions date back to the defendant’s conduct in 2012 and 2013 in Hayward. During that time, Defendant Patino dated victim Jane Doe’s mother. Over the course of about a year from about January 2012 to February 2013, Defendant Patino sexually abused victim Jane Doe multiple times when she was 11 and 12 years old.
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.
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.
People v Jesus Joseph Aromin Jul 1, 2016
Following a jury verdict on June 17, 2016, defendant Jesus Joseph Aromin pled guilty to a felony count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury as well as a misdemeanor count of committing a lewd act in public.
On October 11, 2015, 7-year-old Laura Doe and her mother went to see the evening showing of 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 theater 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.
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.
Oakland, CA – On June 2, 2016, the jury in the trial of Darnell Williams returned a verdict finding that Williams should receive the death penalty for his conviction of two first degree murders. Sentencing is scheduled for September 21, 2016. At the sentencing hearing, the trial judge will review the evidence and determine whether the evidence supports the jury’s penalty verdict.
On May 6, 2016, the same jury convicted Williams of first degree murder for the killing of eight-year-old Alaysha Carradine and the separate first degree murder of Anthony Medearis. Williams was also convicted of other charges, including attempted murders, assault with a firearm, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
“This defendant committed the most heinous of crimes. The senseless and brutal slaying of eight-year old Alaysha Carradine and murder of Anthony Medearis will forever devastate their loved-ones. The children who survived the injuries caused by Williams will always live with the memories of the horror he inflicted,” says District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley. “I hope that with the verdict in this trial, each victim and each family member will have a sense that justice was served and will, in their individual ways, begin to heal from the trauma they have suffered.”
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, Defendant 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 am, Defendant DeFreitas drove the group in his BMW back across the Bay Bridge and onto Highway 80.
People v Diantay Powell May 13, 2016
On May 12, 2016, Diantay Powell was convicted of the first degree murder of 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain and second degree murder of 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel.
In early morning hours of November 25, 2012 – Thanksgiving weekend - the two victims, Defendant Powell, and two other young men had been socializing in a car driven by one of the other men. Defendant Powell took a phone call from his girlfriend. When he hung up, he told the victims to get out of the car because the girlfriend would be coming to get him.
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.
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.
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.
People v Brandon Wallace Mar 31, 2016
On March 21, 2016, a jury found defendant Brandon Wallace guilty as charged of first degree murder, attempted murder, and unlawful firearm activity, with enhancements for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury.
On October 26th, 2010, at approximately 8:30am, defendants Brandon Wallace and Coleon Carroll were in driving in Berkeley. Two men -- Gary Ferguson Jr. and Larry Belle -- were standing outside a barbershop on Sacramento Street where Belle worked. Defendant Wallace and an unknown accomplice approached the two men and began firing at close range.
People v Derek Alan Hafelfinger Mar 28, 2016
On March 16, 2016, a jury found defendant Derek Alan Hafelfinger guilty of two counts of oral copulation with a child under 10 years old, and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 years old.
During the trial, the victim testified to other sexual assaults that occurred out of state as well.
People v Lamar Shaw Mar 25, 2016
On March 11, 2016, defendant Lamar Shaw was found guilty of the first degree murder of Xzavier Johnson.
On July 5, 2013, at approximately 10:15 AM, Defendant Shaw became involved in a verbal argument with victim Xzavier Johnson and Mr Johnson's girlfriend near the corner of High Street and Lyon Avenue in Oakland. Defendant Shaw asked Mr Johnson and his girlfriend to leave the area. They refused to leave, so Defendant Shaw went inside his house to obtain a weapon.
People v Laquisha Allen Mar 8, 2016
On 4 March, 2016, a jury found defendant Laquisha Allen guilty of second degree murder with an arming enhancement for the death of Tommy Lacy III in 2012.
In June 2012, Defendant Allen's 17-year-old boyfriend (and friend of her 15-year-old son Douglas Andrews), Jah-kwan Smith, was killed in Stockton. Defendant Allen suspected that her former intimate aquaintance, 18-year-old Marjon Fuller had something to do with Smith's murder.
People v Elroy Pedro Gomez Mar 2, 2016
On February 18, 2016, a jury found defendant Elroy Pedro Gomez guilty of willful, deliberate, premeditated attempted murder with an enhancement for using a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, and possession of ammunition by a felon.
On September 17, 2014, around 8 am, Defendant Gomez came to the victim’s house in San Leandro and lured him to his home a few miles away under the pretense that he needed the victim to speak with defendant Gomez’s father. The victim and Defendant Gomez were acquaintances and the victim went with him.
People v Leonard Charles Jones Feb 24, 2016
On February 23, 2016, a jury found defendant Leonard Charles Jones guilty of attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On June 16, 2013, around 9:30 pm, Gbessaykai Massaquoi was dropping off his friend, Patience Tamba, at her apartment in San Leandro with three of his friends. Ms Tamba exited the vehicle and was followed back towards her apartment by Defendant Jones.
People v Duane Alan Nailor Feb 10, 2016
On February 8, 2016, a jury convicted Duane Alan Nailor of attempted voluntary manslaughter, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, and evasion of a peace officer.
On October 23, 2013, at approximately 12:30 am, victim Shawn Bradford and his friend Deshaun Montgomery waited for a bus at the corner of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. Defendant Nailor approached the intersection in his SUV, and the two men asked him for a cigarette. Defendant Nailor responded by asking them if they liked wearing panties.
People v Ivin Capone Prince Jan 29, 2016
On January 28, 2016, a jury found the defendant Ivin Capone Prince guilty of first degree residential burglary.
On May 25, 2015, around at 9:45 am, police responded to a call from an anonymous citizen to Suffolk drive in San Leandro. The citizen reported two men inside a neighbors house that she did not recognize.
People v Samuel Asa Wynn and Lewis Asa Wynn Jan 22, 2016
On January 21, 2016, a jury found Defendant Samuel Asa Wynn and Defendant Lewis Asa Wynn guilty of kidnapping and human trafficking.
On July 10, 2015, Jane Doe was in the area of 18th and International Boulevard in Oakland when Defendants Samuel Wynn and Lewis Wynn approached her. The two defendants asked her "Where's your pimp at?", and told her they needed "new girls" to work for them. Jane Doe refused both men, and they left.
People v Samuel E. Archuleta Jan 21, 2016
On January 21, 2015, a jury found defendant Samuel E. Archuleta guilty of rape by force.
On August 29, 2015, at around midnight, Defendant Archuleta picked up Jane Doe for a date at 94th and International Blvd in Oakland. They negotiated $60 for sex. Jane Doe felt uncomfortable because Defendant Archuleta was driving a far distance from International Blvd. He eventually parked at the Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline Park on Dolittle Drive.
People v Jerry Canfield Jan 15, 2016
Defendant Jerry Canfield pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter for killing his wife in their Alameda apartment in October 2014. On January 14, 2016, Defendant Canfield was sentenced to 3 years in state prison.
Defendant Canfield and his wife had been together for 38 years. The victim was suffering from dementia and other medical conditions, and was moved into a nursing home in July 2014. In late October, he checked her out of the facility for four hours and took her back to the home they shared. Defendant Canfield fed her 24 sleeping pills in an attempt to kill her. However, she awoke the following morning. Defendant Canfield then gave her two more sleeping pills, placed a pillow beside her head and shot her once with a .38 caliber revolver.
People v Prince Franklin Tsetse Dec 30, 2015
On November 25, 2015, a jury found Defendant Prince Franklin Tsetse guilty of first degree murder of victim Kimberly Robertson, with special circumstances for murder in the commission of rape.
On April 4, 2014, victim Kimberly Robertson went out with her boyfriend and friends to a bar in Oakland. While there, they drank multiple drinks and eventually Robertson and her boyfriend argued whether or not she could drive his car back to his apartment, where she planned on staying that evening. Their friends believed neither should be driving and they called for a cab. When the cab arrived, victim Robertson refused to leave. Eventually, the cab took off without either of them in it.
People v Gregory Hall Dec 22, 2015
On December 22, 2015, a jury found defendant Gregory Hall guilty of first degree murder with enhancements for the 2012 killing of 67-year-old victim Michael Bradley.
On June 14, 2012, Michael Bradley was discovered by neighbors inside his home lying on his back, in a pool of blood. Neighbors grew concerned when the victim, a prominent artist who was well-liked in the neighborhood, had not been seen for days. When investigators from the Oakland Police Department arrived on scene, they observed a trail of blood leading from the victim’s body to the kitchen as well as a freshly-cut electrical cord in the center of the blood trail inside the kitchen.
People v Dante Roberson Dec 22, 2015
On December 9, 2015 a jury found Defendant Dante Roberson guilty of felony child abuse, and found true the enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury on a child under the age of five.
The 2-1/2 year old child was in the care of his biological father, Defendant Dante Roberson, when he received glove-type burns to both hands, consistent with forcible submersion into a hot liquid. The injuries to the child affected both his hands, with crisp lines of demarcation and no splash marks.
People v Joseph Sullivan Dec 16, 2015
On December 14, 2015, a jury found defendant Joseph Sullivan guilty of kidnapping to commit a sex crime, forcible rape, and forcible oral copulation, with aggravated kidnapping enhancements.
On June 16, 2015, around 11:30pm, Defendant Sullivan picked up the victim in Oakland for a date. Defendant Sullivan began punching the victim, however, when things did not go as planned. The victim unsuccessfully attempted to jump out of the car while the defendant drove in Oakland to escape. He then drove the victim approximately 17 miles away to Hayward, as he pinned her down by her neck on the center console, and demanded she get naked.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
People v Miguel Angel Torres Sep 15, 2015
On September 10, 2015, a jury found defendant Miguel Angel Torres guilty of one count of forcible rape, five counts of forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object, one count of second degree robbery with an allegation of personal infliction of great bodily injury during the offense, and one count of sexual battery by restraint. The jury also found true Defendant Torres' prior convictions of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a non-confined person by a prisoner. He was also in violation of his parole.
On May 24, 2014, at around 12:15am, a 19-year-old female college student was returning home to her apartment building in an unincorporated area of Hayward. As she walked towards her apartment, Defendant Torres (who was unknown to the victim) ran up behind her and struck her violently in the back of the head. The victim blacked out and fell to the ground. Defendant Torres jumped on top of her and used his hand to cover her mouth. He threatened her, saying “don’t scream or I’ll shoot you…..give me your purse and everything will be ok.”
People v Joel Perry Sep 2, 2015
On August 31, 2015, a jury found defendant Joel Perry guilty as charged of first degree murder, attempted murder, two counts of attempted second degree robbery, and three counts of assault with an assault weapon. All counts included gun use and gang enhancements.
On February 29, 2008, the two victims sat in a car in Union City’s Kennedy Park when approximately five Hispanic males approached the car. One of the men asked the victims what gang they were in and the two victims denied participating in gangs. The men then demanded the victims hand over their cash, necklaces and cell phones, and one of the gang members reached into the vehicle to grab Victim 1’s necklaces. The victims refused to give them their valubles.
People v Ashon Tryan Olivegoffner Aug 31, 2015
On August 26, 2015, defendant Ashon Tryan Olivegoffner was found guilty of forcible rape, corporal injury to a partner, sexual penetration by foreign object, second degree robbery, and false imprisonment by violence.
Defendant Olivegoffner and the victim had been dating for 6 months, and living together for 4 months. Early in the morning on April 25, 2015, the victim was picked up after work by defendant Olivegoffner and they stopped by a friend’s birthday on the way home. After one drink, they continued home together and defendant Olivegoffner argued with victim throughout the ride.
People v Roy Jones Aug 5, 2015
On July 29, 2015, a jury in Hayward found defendant Roy Jones (also known as Stan Jones) guilty of 16 of 17 charged counts, which included torture, kidnapping for extortion, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, and child abuse.
The victim and the defendant have 5 children together, and have known each other for over 15 years. On January 14, 2015, the victim was visiting defendant Jones at his house when suddenly, defendant Jones ordered his friend to grab the victim. The friend grabbed her from behind, put in a choke hold and dragged down into the basement. There, she was forced to remove her clothes and was assaulted, including being hit on the head with a hammer repeatedly until she lost consciousness.
People v Marchell Ernest Mitchell Jul 21, 2015
On July 21, 2015, a jury convicted Marchell Ernest Mitchell of a felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury, and misdemeanor battery.
On March 19, 2014, defendant Mitchell was working as a school security officer at Oakland High School. He assaulted victim Francisco Martinez, a 17-year-old student who was wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy.
After a confrontation where defendant Mitchell restrained the victim using handcuffs, the victim challenged defendant Mitchell about the event. The victim spat at defendant Mitchell as the defendant pushed his wheelchair. Defendant Mitchell subsequently punched the victim three times in the face, threw him out of his wheelchair. As the victim lay handcuffed on the ground, defendant Mitchell struck him again, then picked him up and and dropped him back to the ground.
The case was prosecuted by DDA Gemma Daggs with assistance from DA Inspectors Blair Alexander and Timothy Cleary, and Victim-Witness Advocate Yuen Chiang.
People v Christian Birdsall-Hernandez Jul 14, 2015
On July 14, 2015, a jury convicted Christian Birdsall (aka Christian Birdsall-Hernandez) of the first degree murder of 58-year-old Barbara Latiolais and found true special circumstances that Birdsall committed the murder while lying in wait, committing burglary, and committing robbery. The jury additionally convicted Birdsall of arson.
On October 17, 2012, Birdsall waited outside the victim’s Castro Valley home for nearly 7 hours before crawling underneath the home and devising a plan to choke the victim to death by surprise. Birdsall knew the victim would be home alone as he had performed house-work for the victim which is how he was familiar with the home and the valuables inside.
People v Daniela Guzman Jul 10, 2015
On June 30, 2015, a jury found defendant Daniela Guzman guilty of second degree murder and conspiracy to commit assault, along with gang enhancements for both charges. Previously, defendant Guzman’s brother, Rafael Tovar, and friend Daniel Lloyd Howard were convicted of murder for their role in this crime.
In September 2010, defendant Guzman invited victim Justice Afoa and his friend Anthony to a party at her family home. Defendant Guzman had previously dated Anthony, but the relationship ended poorly and Guzman’s brother (Rafael Tovar) was angry at Anthony. A fight ensued and Tovar was badly beaten. Over the next few months, Tovar conspired to murder the victim.
People v Karl George Sanft Jul 7, 2015
On June 30, 2015, the Honorable Judge Joseph Hurley found defendant Karl George Sanft guilty of two counts of first degree murder and the special circumstances of multiple murder and robbery to be true. Judge Hurley further found the defendant to be sane at the time of the commission of the crimes.
Shortly after 3AM on February 2, 2010, defendant Sanft was under the influence of methamphetamine and violently robbed the Manheim Auto Auction in Hayward by ramming the gate. Unarmed security guard Angelito Erasquin fled in fear but defendant Sanft chased him down and stabbed him 28 times, killing him. Defendant Sanft then stole the victim's phone, watch, and wallet before and stealing a car from the Auction's lot.
People v Jahmari Selvam Butler Jul 6, 2015
On June 29, 2015, a jury convicted Jahmari Selvam Butler of armed carjacking, robbery, evading the police, and being in possession of a stolen car.
On July 24, 2013, at around 2am, the victim was sitting double-parked with his hazard lights on waiting for his friend near Lake Merritt. He was approached by 3 to 4 males, including Defendant Jahmari Butler. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and ordered him out of the car. The victim complied and the defendant and the suspects fled in the victim's car.
People v Jahton Green Jun 30, 2015
On June 23, 2015, a jury found defendant Jahton Green guilty of two counts of robbery, with an enhancement for inflicting Great Bodily Injury, and one count of elder abuse.
On August 22, 2013, defendant Green brutally beat two elderly men in separate robberies. Both victims were walking alone on the street in Berkeley when defendant Green, without any warning, physically assaulted them with his hands and fists, before taking their property and fleeing the scene.
People v Paul Booker Jun 30, 2015
On June 22, 2015, a jury found defendant Paul Booker guilty of second degree murder with an enhancement for the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing death.
On July 9, 2013, defendant Booker was socializing with a group of friends on the front lawn at a home on 88th Ave in Oakland. Victim Steven Cotton walked by the home and noticed defendant Booker, with whom he had a previous issue.
People v Christopher Edward Moss Jun 26, 2015
On June 17, 2015, a jury convicted Christopher Edward Moss of kidnapping for the purposes of robbery and rape, and a series of robberies, burglaries, and sexual assaults, along with firearm enhancements.
People v Darren Andre Cleveland Jun 11, 2015
On June 10, 2015, defendant Darren Andre Cleveland was found guilty of willful, deliberate, premeditated attempted murder with an enhancement for discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury, shooting from a vehicle with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The 16-year-old victim had recently been expelled from school for beating up defendant Cleveland’s 15-year-old son. Defendant Cleveland spent a number of weeks hunting down the victim, and eventually located him walking to the REACH center in San Leandro.
People v Marquise Lamar Thompson Jun 2, 2015
On June 1, 2015, a jury convicted Marquise Lamar Thompson (aka Marquise Thomas) of first degree murder and premeditated attempted murder. In early March, Thomas’ co-defendants Vijay Bhushan and Lilron Ravon Jones were convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder with firearm enhancements.
On December 30, 2012, defendants Thompson, Bhushan and Jones were alerted to the location of a person they believed was responsible for the murder of a friend, Hadari Askari. They set off from a house in East Oakland in search of their target, ‘Mo-Mo’. They found Mo-Mo speaking with a group of girls and a six-month-old baby in the apartment complexes known as the 69th Avenue Village.
People v Anthony Cortez McCune May 29, 2015
One May 26, 2015, a jury convicted defendant Anthony Cortez McCune of first degree burglary and causing corporal injury to a child’s parent, both felonies. Defendant McCune was on probation for misdemeanor domestic violence incident against the same victim, a case that was also decided by a jury verdict and prosecuted by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
On January 10, 2014, at around 11:40 PM, the victim was inside her apartment in San Lorenzo with her two sons, aged 6 and 9, and her mother. She heard a banging on the door and she could hear Defendant McCune, the father of the two children, yelling at her to open the door but she refused. She identified Defendant McCune through the peephole of the door, and Defendant McCune kicked in the door.
People v Janet Lynn Holmberg May 14, 2015
On May 12, 2015, a jury convicted Janet Lynn Holmberg of one count of felony reckless driving with serious injury including an enhancement for causing great bodily injury, as well as misdemeanor hit-and-run.
At about 6:30pm on July 5, 2013, defendant Janet Lynn Holmberg was driving her SUV westbound on Hampton Road in Hayward. She ran up over the curb and onto the sidewalk, hit a 'no parking' sign, then briefly stopped. Defendant Holmberg rapidly accelerated away, and in the process, failed to observe a stop sign. Without any warning, she swerved, colliding head-on into another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. A passenger in the hit vehicle, a boy of 2-1/2 years old, was transported to the Children's Hospital in Oakland. He was diagnosed with fractures in both of his femur bones.
Defendant Janet Lynn Holmberg is due to be sentenced on June 26. The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos with assistance from Victim-Witness Consultant Nadia Bueno.
People v Dominic Daniel Apr 30, 2015
On April 29, 2015, a jury found defendant Dominic Daniel guilty of the second degree murder of 33-year-old Tsega Tsegay.
In the early morning hours of July 31, 2012, defendant Dominic Daniel and his girlfriend of four years, victim Tsega Tsegay, were drinking alcohol by Lake Merritt. Defendant Daniel had a history of domestic violence against the victim and had just recently been released from custody for a prior assault against her.
People v Charles Edward Luckett Apr 29, 2015
On April 20, 2015, a jury found defendant Charles Edward Luckett guilty of murder with special circumstances for the 1993 killing of Anthoney Vaughn.
On July 16, 1993, defendant Charles Edward Luckett and a second suspect went into the Sizzler restaurant, located on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and 27th Street in Oakland. The restaurant was closed, although some remaining customers were finishing up up their meals.
People v Israel Gonzalez Mendez Apr 3, 2015
On April 2, 2015, Israel Gonzalez Mendez was sentenced after pleading no contest to forcible rape and two counts of forcible oral copulation.
On October 9, 2006, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the victim was walking alone to a taco truck located on International Blvd. in Oakland. While the victim was in the immediate vicinity of the taco truck, defendant Mendez pulled up in a car, held a knife to her side and forced her into his car. Defendant Mendez drove the victim to an isolated location where he raped her and forced her to orally copulate him while he held a knife to her throat and intermittently choked her during the assault. When defendant Mendez got out of the car to put his clothes on, the victim got out of the car and ran off to get help. A passing motorist picked up the victim and took her to Highland Hospital where she underwent a sexual assault exam and gave a written statement to police.
Defendant Mendez was identified by a DNA hit following his conviction of two counts of forcible rape in San Francisco County. He is currently serving 9 years in state prison for the San Francisco convictions. Upon completion of that sentence, defendant Mendez will start his sentence of 19 years for this rape and sexual assault. Defendant Mendez will also register as a sexual offender for his lifetime.
The case was prosecuted by DDA Erin Kingsbury.
People v Jacob James Kober Mar 23, 2015
On March 23, 2015, 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.
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.
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. A third defendant, Marquise Lamar Thompson, was tried separately for his role in the murder.
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.
On July 10, 2015, defendant Lilron Ravon Jones was sentenced to 114 years to life in prison, defendant Vijay Bhushan was sentenced to 34 to life and Marquise Thompson to 32 years to life. The case was prosecuted by DDA Glenn Kim with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo and Stephanie Lynch.
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.
People v Michael Eugene Wyatt Feb 20, 2015
On February 19, 2015, a jury convicted Michael Eugene Wyatt of first degree murder and an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon for the killing of James Nobles in February 2012.
People v John Richard Kannon Feb 5, 2015
On February 5, 2015, a jury convicted John Richard Kannon of attempted rape of unconscious woman and assault with intent to commit rape of unconscious woman. The victim met the defendant at a concert on May 9, 2014.
People v Nathaniel Joseph Cook Feb 3, 2015
On February 3, 2015, Nathaniel Joseph Cook was convicted by a jury of all charges filed against him: attempted murder of a peace officer with personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury (GBI); assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm with personal and intentional discharge causing GBI; shooting at an occupied vehicle with personal and intentional discharge causing GBI; attempted murder of a civilian with personal and intentional discharge; second degree robbery with personal and intentional discharge; and drawing/exhibiting a firearm.
People v Cody Michael Nicosia Feb 2, 2015
On February 2, 2015, a jury convicted Cody Michael Nicosia of the first degree murder of 58-year-old Barbara Latiolais and found true special circumstances that Nicosia committed the murder while lying in wait, committing burglary, and committing robbery. The jury additionally convicted Nicosia of arson.
People v Damonte Davon Starks Jan 7, 2015
On January 7, 2015, a jury convicted Damonte Davon Starks of first degree murder and shooting from a motor vehicle in the killing of 19 year old William Ward.
People v Yonas Alehegne Nov 19, 2014
On November 19, 2014, a jury convicted Yonas Alehegne of stalking and criminal threats.
People v Decoy Alcoy Hazle Nov 17, 2014
On November 17, 2014, a jury convicted Decoy Alcoy Hazle of 8 counts of sexual assault of a minor under 10 years of age.
The acts ranged from sexual intercourse of a child under 10, attempted sodomy, oral copulation of a child under 10 and lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age. The acts occurred at the defendant’s home in Hayward. The defendant testified that the victim was lying, but the jury found his testimony not credible.
Prosecuting the case was DDA Carrie Skolnick with assistance from Inspector Simon Rhee.
People v Gustavo Moran Nov 12, 2014
On November 12, 2014, a jury convicted defendant Gustavo Moran of the first degree murder of 18-year-old Jesus Diaz. The jury found true the allegation that the defendant personally used a firearm, and additionally convicted him of shooting into an occupied vehicle and assault with a firearm on a 15-year-old girl.
People v Rafael Tovar Nov 3, 2014
On November 3, 2014, a jury convicted Rafael Tovar, 29, of the first degree murder of Justice Afoa, 18, as well as conspiracy to commit murder and found true the allegation that the crime was committed in furtherance of gang activity.
People v Reggie Brown Oct 28, 2014
On October 28, 2014, a jury convicted Reggie Brown of nine counts of child molestation against three victims. The molestation occurred between 1993 and 2007 when the victims were between five and thirteen years old. Despite an investigation by Child Protective Services finding that the allegations were substantiated, a criminal investigation was never conducted. Three additional uncharged victims also testified at trial that they, too, had been molested by the defendant when they were children. Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2015. The case was prosecuted by DDA Edward Vieira-Ducey with assistance from DA Inspector Jean Luevano and Jason Hawks of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
People v Patrick Shields & Wynn Brewer Oct 20, 2014
On October 20, 2014, Patrick Shields and Wynn Brewer were convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit murder. Brewer was also convicted of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. In May of 2011, the Oakland Police and federal law enforcement authorities conducted an investigation of members of an Oakland criminal street gang, including Patrick Shields. On May 18, 2011, the police investigation revealed that Shields was conspiring with others to murder a man. Shields directed Brewer and two other men to drive to a residence in Oakland and to shoot and kill the intended victim when he left the residence. The Oakland Police stopped the car containing the suspects before they could commit the murder. The police recovered two loaded pistols that were going to be used to commit the murder. The case was prosecuted by DDA John Brouhard.
People v. Rasheed Strane Sep 9, 2014
On September 9, 2014, a jury convicted Rasheed Strane of the second degree murder of Rebecca Viera and the attempted murder of her boyfriend, Joseph Johnson. On August 17, 2013, the 23-year-old defendant fired five times into a parked vehicle driven by Johnson and occupied by Viera and her 5-year-old son. The motive behind the shooting appears to be one of a pre-emptive strike by the defendant, who believed a witness to the murder and the victims were at 72nd and MacArthur to beat up defendant’s girlfriend. The case was prosecuted by DDA Melissa Dooher with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo.
Pepole v David Anderson Sep 8, 2014
On September 8, 2014, a jury convicted David Anderson of mayhem with use of a firearm, assault with a firearm and with great bodily injury, robbery with great bodily injury, and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. On November 9, 2012, the defendant robbed a 17-year-old girl at the side of a corner-store located at 19th Avenue and East 21st Street in Oakland. The defendant repeatedly hit the victim’s head into the store wall when trying to take her cellphone, ultimately causing a concussion. He then kicked the victim’s 14-year-old relative in the head when she tried to intervene and protect her relative from attack. The defendant fled the scene after taking the robbery victim’s cellphone. On November 14, 2012, the defendant shot his third-female victim in her right pinky, which consequently had to be amputated, while she was seated in her car located in the driveway of a residence on Pearmain Street and 107th Avenue in Oakland, and while she was in an altercation with the defendant’s girlfriend. The defendant then accidentally shot himself in the leg while fleeing the scene. The case was prosecuted by DDA Gemma Daggs with assistance from Inspector Kendell Won.
Pepole v Lamour Smith Sep 8, 2014
On September 8, 2014, a jury convicted Lamour Smith of three counts of robbery and assault with a firearm. In October 2013, the defendant robbed three food delivery men after placing an order for food to be delivered to an address in Oakland. Each time, the defendant stole the victim's cellphone and wallet. OPD quickly investigated and located the defendant. The case was prosecuted by DDA Angela Steffes with assistance from DA Inspector Jim Rullamas.
People v Charles Lamont Kimbrough Aug 28, 2014
On August 28, 2014, a jury convicted Charles Lamont Kimbrough of first degree murder. On April 20, 2011, Chris Donaldson, Charles Kimbrough, and Richard Ezell conspired to rob William Adrian Sapp, who placed an ad on Craigslist to sell marijuana. At the exchange point, Kimbrough appeared and tried to take the marijuana which led to a brawl. Kimbrough brought a fake pistol and victim Sapp had a loaded .38 revolver. The shooting occurred as Sapp had the fake gun and Ezell picked up the victim's gun; Ezell shot once and killed the victim. In June 2014, Donaldson was convicted of first degree murder. Ezell testified and pled to second degree murder. Defendant Kimbrough will be sentenced on October 31, 2014. The case was prosecuted by DDA Patrick Moriarty with assistance from DA Inspector George Phillips.
People v WIlliam Barnes & Kenneth Webb Aug 20, 2014
On August 20, 2014, a jury convicted William Barnes of three counts of second-degree robbery with use of a firearm and co-defendant Kenneth Webb of a single count of second-degree robbery, also with use of a firearm. During August 2012, the defendants embarked on a spree of gun-point robberies throughout the city of San Leandro. They robbed a cashier clerk at a Shell Gas Station at gunpoint and defendant Barnes robbed a cashier clerk at a Quick Stop market and Food Maxx. In each case, the victims were ordered at gunpoint to open and turn over hundreds of dollars from their cash registers while one or both defendants collected the money and fled. The case was prosecuted by DDA Adam Maldonado with assistance from Inspector Tim Bergquist.
People v Robert Wilson Aug 11, 2014
On August 11, 2014, a jury convicted Robert Wilson of felony assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. On February 6, 2014, Wilson and his friend initiated a fist fight with the victim over a prior dispute. After the fight, the defendant grabbed the victim and dragged him down the block backwards in the car and around the corner. The victim's clothing was torn off his body and he fell into the street, splitting his ear and suffering serious road burn. Defendant Wilson denied to the police that he had been in any fight. The jury rejected the defendant's claim at trial that he acted in self-defense. The case was prosecuted by DDA Warren Ko with assistance from DA Inspector Mark Moreno.
People v Deontay Laquawn Wilson Jul 10, 2014
On July 10, 2014, a jury convicted Deontay Laquawn Wilson of robbery with the use of a firearm. On June 18, 2013 the victim was contacted by an unidentified male on Craigslist offering cell phones. The victim agreed to meet the male at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and 28th Street in Oakland. At the meeting point, the victim was confronted by two suspects, one of which robbed him at gun point, and the suspects fled. Later that night, the defendant was pulled over by police officers for operating a vehicle without a license plate. The officers searched the defendant's car and found identifying information belonging to the victim. The prosecutor was DDA Gregory O'Connell with assistance from DA Inspector Harry Hu.
People v Kenyus Deshon Walker Jul 9, 2014
On July 9, 2014, a jury convicted Kenyus Deshon Walker of first degree murder and personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing death. On September 25, 2012, the victim, Billy Brooks Jr., 39, and a companion went to a known drug house on 80th Avenue to buy some heroin. The defendant, the enforcer of the house, answered the door with a shotgun in his hand. The victim walked past him into the dining room, brushing him off dismissively and then began to announce himself in the house. After an exchange of words, the defendant took the safety off the gun and shot the victim in the neck, killing him instantly. After the shot, five other individuals inside the house came into the dining room and saw the defendant holding a shotgun. The defendant left the house on foot and the remaining witnesses decided to wrap the victim in tarp and move his body. On October 7, 2012, the victim was found shot to death inside an abandoned car on the 2400 block of Ritchie Street in Oakland. Neighbors reported a strong odor coming from the abandoned car. The victim’s decomposed body was found in the back seat of the car wrapped in a tarp and cloth. The case was prosecuted by DDA Glenn Kim with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo.
People v Joseph Thomas Connors Jul 8, 2014
On July 8, 2014, a jury convicted Joseph Thomas Connors of first degree murder with special circumstances.
People v Arthur Esver Jul 8, 2014
On July 8, 2014, a jury found Arthur Esver guilty of five felony counts of sexual abuse. He was held accountable for all charged counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy and sexual penetration of a minor under 10 years of age. This abuse occurred from 2010-2011 in San Leandro, and was eventually reported on March 7, 2011, by the victim and family to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The sentencing is scheduled for October 24, 2014 by the Honorable Vernon Nakahara. The prosecutor was DDA Samantha Kim with assistance from DA Inspector Jeff McCort.
People v Jose Garcia Lopez Jul 1, 2014
On July 1, 2014, a jury found defendant Jose Garcia Lopez guilty of felony stalking. The defendant and victim Jane Doe met when she was a waitress at a Fremont bar. Over the course of several months they developed a friendship. In April 2013, Jane Doe decided to end her friendship with defendant after a dispute. Over the course of the subsequent three weeks, the defendant repeatedly threatened and physically attacked Jane Doe and her mother. Such attacks included stealing and crashing victim's vehicle. On April 11, 2013, it was alleged that the defendant strangled Jane Doe's mother to the point she required hospitalization. The case was prosecuted by DDA Charles Wilson with the assistance of DA Inspector Paul Balzouman.
People v Christopher Arthur Purcell Jun 20, 2014
On June 20, 2014, a jury convicted Christopher Arthur Purcell of 22 counts of oral copulation of a person under 18 and five counts of sodomy of a person under 18. On May 25, 2013, John Doe had been exploring Craigslist when he found a listing for a “houseboy” posted by the 58 year old defendant. The posting offered room and board in exchange for cooking and cleaning. The listing also stated that, “play would be expected”.
People v Jan Van Dusen Jun 19, 2014
On June 19, 2014, a jury found Jan Van Dusen guilty of animal neglect and cruelty. On October 27, 2011, Oakland Animal Services rescued 93 live cats, two dogs, and 11 deceased cats from defendant’s home in West Oakland. Veterinarians testified that all of the live cats were needlessly suffering based on the dangerous and dirty conditions inside the house, and that all the cats needed varying degrees of medical attention. The defendant will be sentenced on July 25, 2014. The case was prosecuted by Timothy Burr Jr. with assistance DA Inspector Harry Hu.
People v Damien Jones Jun 12, 2014
On June 12, 2014, a jury found Damien Earl Jones guilty as charged of second degree murder with enhancements for the the use of a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon with priors, carrying a concealed firearm within a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm in a city.
Defendant Damien Jones and the victim, Billy Ray Williams, knew each other through the women they were each dating. On July 8, 2010, the victim was intoxicated and knocked on the door of the girlfriend of Defendant Jones. The defendant answered the door and the two argued over a gun the victim left at the home. Before the victim obtained his gun, Defendant Jones drew his own gun and fatally shot the victim.
On June 5, 2014 a jury convicted Bryan Allen Vulgamore (aka Bryan Allen Davis) of second degree murder for the January 8, 2002, killing of Cecilia Garcia in Livermore.
People v Ollie Boyd Jun 3, 2014
On June 3, 2014, a jury found defendant Ollie Boyd guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. After being evicted from his wife's home followed by a day of heavy drinking, an altercation broke out between the defendant and his step-daughter and step-grandson, when he returned to the home. The defendant drove his van directly at his step-grandson while threatening him and lunging at him with a wrench. Then, defendant Boyd accelerated his van towards his step-daughter. She and her son ran from the van, but she was struck by pieces of the house's gate and fence as the van crashed through it. She suffered contusions and was treated at the Highland Hospital Emergency Department. The case was prosecuted by DDA Dan Roisman indispensably assisted by DA Inspector Simon Rhee.
People v Ricardo Vazquez May 29, 2014
On May 29, 2014, a jury convicted Ricardo Vazquez of aggravated sexual assault for a series of sexual assaults involving digital penetration, oral copulation and rape. The assaults happened when the victim was 11-13 years old. The defendant will be sentenced on August 18, 2014. The case was prosecuted by DDA Edward Vieira-Ducey.
People v Rakesh Singh May 6, 2014
On May 6, 2014, a jury found Rakesh "Paul" Singh guilty of aggravated mayhem and conspiracy to commit aggravated mayhem. This case comes out of a vicious attack that took place in Fremont on February 11, 2013. On that date, the defendant's ex-wife was leaving her home at 9:00 a.m. when two men brutally assaulted her with both hammer and knife. As a result of the beating and slashing, the victim sustained multiple deep lacerations to her cheek, nose, and ear and had to undergo extensive and ongoing medical treatment.
People v Tomas Orona May 1, 2014
On May 1, 2014, a jury convicted Tomas Orona of ten felony counts, including the willful, deliberate, and premeditated attempted murder of Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Duane Fisher with the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm clause. Additional felony convictions correspond to crimes committed between June 1 and June 4, 2012, when the defendant engaged in a crime spree in Oakland.
On April 17, 2014, a jury convicted Aaron Stewart, Anthony Perry, and Paul Stevenson of three counts of deliberate and premeditated first degree murder with special circumstances, four counts of deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, intentional discharge of a firearm, and intentional discharge causing death or great bodily injury.
People v Francisco Daniel Dominguez Apr 17, 2014
On April 17, 2014, a jury found defendant, Francisco Daniel Dominguez, guilty of eight felony counts of sexual abuse. He was held accountable for eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts, oral copulation, and sexual penetration with a foreign object. This abuse occurred from 2004-2011 in San Leandro, and was eventually reported in 2012 by the victim to San Leandro Police. The jury came back with a verdict after 2 days of deliberations. The sentencing is scheduled for June 2, 2014, by the Honorable Roy Hashimoto. The prosecutor was DDA Samantha Kim.
People v Thomas Robinson Apr 4, 2014
On April 4, 2014, a jury found defendant Thomas Robinson, aka Jamal Austin, guilty of threatening a judicial officer. In March of 2011, Mr. Austin was representing himself during a civil litigation proceeding against Highland Hospital and the Emeryville Police Department. Mr. Austin’s civil litigation was dismissed in February of 2012, and Mr. Austin filed an appeal with the Alameda County Appellate division. During his appeal, Mr. Austin wrote threatening language in legal motions toward Judges of the Alameda County Superior Court Appellate Division. On January 28, 2013, Mr. Austin wrote a specific threat toward an Alameda County Superior Court Judge threatening the life of that Judge if he did not grant Mr. Austin’s appeal. Mr. Austin faces up to 3 years in prison for the offense. Sentencing will take place on May 2. This case was prosecuted by DDA Neil Layton with assistance from DA Inspector Simon Rhee.
People v Nateel Sharma Apr 3, 2014
On April 3, 2014, a jury found Nateel Sharma guilty of attempted murder and assault with a firearm. The jury also found true corresponding enhancements for personally discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury. The defendant’s sister, Neshal Sharma, was also found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.