December 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DA Announces $25.95 Million Settlement with Comcast Cable Communications LLC for Violations Dec 15, 2015

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a settlement with Comcast Cable Communications LLC (“Comcast”) to resolve allegations that Comcast unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and material, and discarded records without rendering private customer information unreadable. As part of the settlement, Comcast will pay a total of $25.95 million in penalties, costs, compliance measures and environmental projects. The settlement and proposed judgment, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, requires approval from the court before becoming final.

“Today’s settlement represents a victory in California’s ongoing efforts to ensure that hazardous waste is disposed of in a safe, legal and environmentally sustainable manner,” states Alameda County DA Nancy E. O’Malley.

“Not only will my office pursue all necessary legal action against entities that pollute our environment, but we will also use all legal means to ensure California’s consumers’ private information is protected. My office will continue to work together with state and local agencies to investigate and prosecute violations against our environment.”

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Restitution In Excess of $330,000 Paid to Victims of Wage Theft Dec 10, 2015

Oakland, CA -- Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced that her office has secured restitution for the victims in the Calvin Harris prosecution. Payment of $339,347.89 was made to nine victims at the defendant’s sentencing hearing.

“I am pleased to announce that the victims in this matter have been reimbursed in full for their financial losses. My office is steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that victims of all crimes receive the restitution owed to them," stated DA O'Malley.

"We remain diligent in enforcing the laws that are in place to protect the rights of workers and employee, as one of the most fundamental of those is the right to be paid a full and fair wage for the work that they do,” she said.


In February, 2015, the DA’s Office secured eight felony convictions against licensed electrical contractor, Calvin Harris (Harris Electric), for failing to pay his employees the prevailing wage and for filing false documents to hide his illegal conduct. The violations of the law occurred over the course of four years.

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DA O’Malley Announces Partnership to Provide Housing to Victims of Trafficking Dec 8, 2015

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and Catholic Charities of the East Bay to Partner in Creating Safe Homes for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

OAKLAND, CA – Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley joined Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, and Chuck Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, to announce a new initiative to create homes for child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Alameda County is one of the nation’s high intensity locations of child sex trafficking. In an effort to battle this criminal enterprise, the ground-breaking partnership will provide safe and secure housing for the young victims to recover, heal and thrive.

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said, “Children who are the victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking are in vital need of safe and secure housing. The lack of such housing in our community and across the state is of grave concern. Catholic Charities of the East Bay and Bishop Barber are stepping up to meet the basic needs of young women who have been trafficked.

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Protecting seniors from scams and fraud Dec 1, 2015

On November 30th, KALW, local public radio in San Francisco, hosted a panel discussion about scams aimed at seniors. Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Poncini, an elder abuse specialist from our office, was a guest speaker and addressed a number of issues facing seniors.

Listen to the broadcast.

If you would like to learn more about issues affecting elders or if you or someone you know has been victimized, please visit our Elder Abuse page.

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