March 2015

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.

People v Isaiah Nolan Washington & Tiara Channelle Arnold Mar 18, 2015

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.

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Four Convicted in Violent Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault Case Mar 17, 2015

Four co-defendants in a violent human trafficking and sexual assault case pled no contest and have been found guilty of multiple crimes. After months of investigation by the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, four men were charged with the trafficking and sexual assaults of four teenage girls, ages 13 through 17, in Oakland.

Defendant Isaiah Seymour was charged with trafficking three different teens along with 15 counts of sexual assault-related offenses. Defendant Gary Holt was charged with trafficking another teenage girl, along with 6 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to two of the victims. Defendant Delvahn Mosley Davis was charged with 15 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to three of the teenage victims. Defendant Matt Brito was charged with 12 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to one of the victims. All four men entered pleas during the course of the preliminary hearing, which took place in the first two weeks of March 2015.

All of the victims showed tremendous bravery in coming forward and cooperating in this prosecution.

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Mortgage Relief Scammer Receives 24 Years Prison Sentence Mar 10, 2015

The Alameda County DA's Office assisted with an investigation into a mortgage fraud operation that resulted in defendant Alan David Tikal receiving a sentence of 24 years in prison.

Tikal was successfully convicted of 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in a joint prosecution by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General’s Office. The Alameda County DA's Office, along with Stanislaus County DA's Office, assisted the Special Inspector General for the Trouble Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and the Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Strike Force investigation.

Previously, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office prosecuted Tikal for for felony mortgage securities fraud and filing false documents in 2011-2012. For a number of years, Tikal operated 'KATN Trust' and targeted vulnerable, non-English speaking homeowners looking for mortgage assistance in the wake of the financial crisis. In Alameda County, He was sentenced to 16 months state prison and also ordered to pay restitution to the 11 homeowners victimized by this scam.

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ALCO Iron & Metal Agree to Settlement Mar 5, 2015

Oakland, CA -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today that ALCO Iron & Metal, a metal recycling company headquartered in San Leandro, CA, entered into a civil settlement with her office to resolve allegations that it had underpaid for recycled aluminum.

The District Attorney’s investigation began in mid-2014, when a customer reported that ALCO employees had been underreporting the weight of recycled aluminum that was being processed through ALCO’s industrial truck scale in San Leandro. It was later determined that there were numerous instances involving the same customer in which underweighing had occurred.

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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.