February 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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People v Alpesh Babubhai Patel Feb 20, 2015

On February 18, 2015, a jury convicted Alpesh Babubhai Patel of three counts of battery.

On March 2nd, 2014, defendant Patel came to the home of the Amin family, looking for his ex-wife and children. When Mrs Amin opened the door, Patel immediately stepped inside the home and made a derogatory comment to Mr Amin. Patel was asked to leave and pushed Mrs Amin to the ground. As Mr Amin tried to remove Patel from their home, Mr Amin’s father was pushed to the ground by Patel.

Once outside the house, defendant Patel punched Mr Amin over ten times in the face, causing bruising to his face and blood in his eye. Mrs Amin tried to stop defendant Patel from hitting her husband by hitting him with a tennis shoe, and he retaliated by punching her in the face. Defendant Patel was eventually pulled away by a third party and fled the scene.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Ashley Dodson.

DA O’Malley Receives the 2015 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award Feb 15, 2015

In a recent ceremony in Sacramento, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley was honored as a recipient of the 2015 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. This award recognized DA O’Malley’s innovative and effective solutions used in the fight to end human trafficking and child sex trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond.

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Multiple Felony Convictions in Wage Theft Prosecutions Feb 9, 2015

Local Electrical Contractor to Pay over $350,000 in Restitution

OAKLAND, CA -- Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced that her office has 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. Calvin Harris/Harris Construction entered into contracts with government entities which required the employees to be paid the prevailing wage for their work. The law also required Harris to report, under penalty of perjury, that he and his company were paying prevailing wages to the workers on the construction sites. In both areas, Harris violated California law.

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DA O’Malley Recieves 2015 Irvine Foundation Award Feb 5, 2015

Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley Receives James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for Work to End Child Sex Trafficking

Sacramento, CA - Today, the James Irvine Foundation will honor five recipients of the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards at a luncheon in Sacramento. The awards recognize innovative leaders advancing breakthrough solutions to critical issues facing California. Each recipient’s organization is awarded $200,000 to advance his or her work, along with additional support. This year’s recipients are working in the areas of employment, early education, corrections and youth well-being.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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