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.

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Fraud Alert: New Years Eve Concert Dec 22, 2016

The Alameda County DA's Office has been made aware of a concert being promoted online scheduled for New Years Eve in the East Bay is a scam.

The “I Love the 90’s Music Fest” or “New Years Eve 90’s Music Fest” is currently being advertised online, but the event is not taking place.

Read the East Bay Times article about the scam.

If you have purchased tickets or have any other information about the event, please contact our Consumer Protection Division on (510) 383-8600.

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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.

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O’Reilly Auto Parts to Pay $9.86 Million Settlement in Hazardous Waste Disposal Case Dec 1, 2016

Stores throughout the State Improperly Disposed of Used Oil and Other Hazardous Wastes

Oakland, CA -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with 50 other California District Attorneys, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman has ordered the Missouri-based O’Reilly Auto Parts to pay $9.86 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution alleging the company mishandled hazardous waste.

The consent judgment agreed to by O’Reilly Auto Enterprises, LLC; O'Reilly Automotive, Inc.; O'Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc.; and Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., resolves allegations made in a civil enforcement lawsuit filed November 17, 2016 in Alameda County, and led by the District Attorneys of Alameda, Yolo, Ventura, San Joaquin, San Francisco, Monterey, Riverside, San Diego and Solano Counties.

The lawsuit claimed that more than 525 O’Reilly stores throughout the state unlawfully handled, transported and disposed of used oil, used oil filters, and various hazardous wastes and materials over a 5-year period. Those hazardous wastes and materials included automotive fluids, alkaline batteries, electronic waste, aerosol cans and other toxic, ignitable and corrosive wastes.

"The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is dedicated to ensuring that California's environmental protection laws are followed by all companies doing business in our county and our state," says DA O'Malley.

"We will be vigilant and steadfast in our investigation and prosecution of those who improperly manage and dispose of hazardous wastes. The health and well-being of our communities and our environment demand nothing less."

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DA’s Office Responds to Increase in Hate Related Criminal Activity and Rhetoric Nov 23, 2016

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley would like to make all people living in Alameda County aware of new resources created in response to the recent increase in hate related criminal activity and hate rhetoric reported in communities around the county.

There is no place in Alameda County for hate motivated conduct or hate driven words based on race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Everyone, irrespective of status, has the right to be safe and protected. The Alameda County DA’s Office asks that any person who is victimized report the conduct. Witnesses to such actions are also asked to make a report.

“The DA’s Office will treat every individual in this county with the care, respect and dignity that each of us deserves and expects,” says DA O’Malley.

“The current aggressive nature of hate speech and conduct has heightened the moral imperative to stand up for what is right. My office will be a leader in the fight against hate-based crimes and hateful rhetoric that targets any person or group of people.”

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Environmental Protection Settlement with BP Nov 17, 2016

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announce $14 Million Settlement with BP for Underground Storage Tank Violations

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $14 million settlement with BP West Coast Products LLC, BP Products North America, Inc., and Atlantic Richfield Company over allegations that the companies violated state laws regarding operating and maintaining motor vehicle fuel underground storage tank laws.

The Attorney General’s office, the Alameda County District Attorney’ Office and several district attorneys across the state allege that BP failed to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at approximately 780 gas stations in California over a period of 10 years and violated other hazardous material and hazardous waste laws.

“I am very proud to work alongside Attorney General Harris and my fellow district attorneys to ensure that every company operating in California complies with our state laws that regulate the underground storage of gasoline,” says DA O’Malley.

“It is vital that we work together to prevent the pollution of our soil and water supplies, and my office is committed to investigating and prosecuting violations of the laws that put our environment and communities in harm’s way.”

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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.

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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.

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DA Announces Judgement in Consumer Action Against ’My Pillow’ Oct 31, 2016

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced today that her office, in conjunction with the nine other District Attorney’s Offices that together comprise the California Food Drug and Medical Device Task Force, resolved a consumer protection action against My Pillow, a manufacturer and seller of pillow and bedding products.

The complaint was filed in Alameda County Superior Court and alleges that My Pillow made representations about the health effects of its products that were not supported by scientific evidence, including claims that its pillow products could reduce the effects of medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines, etc. The complaint also states that My Pillow advertised itself as the “Official Bed Pillow” of the National Sleep Foundation (“NSF”), allegedly without disclosing that a material financial connection existed between My Pillow and NSF.

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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.

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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.

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Felony Charges Filed Against Police Officer Oct 20, 2016

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced her office has filed charges against Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse alleging two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and one misdemeanor count of engaging in an act of prostitution. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2pm in Department 502 of the Hayward Hall of Justice.

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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.

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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.

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Governor Signs Important Public Safety Bills into Law Oct 6, 2016

Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law numerous public safety bills that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office sponsored, authored, and supported.

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley said, “I am proud to work with California's lawmakers as we strive together to make our communities and our state a safe place for all Californians. I wish to thank Governor Brown for signing these important bills into law.”

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2016 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct 1, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In the United States, a woman is physically abused every 15 seconds.
It’s time to 'Speak Up, Speak Out' against domestic violence in our community.

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we hope you can join us for a series of events throughout October as we reach out to our community and raise awareness about domestic violence.

We are launching our 'Speak Up, Speak Out' campaign in various public buildings around the county, and will also host the annual Day of Remembrance on October 28 to honor those who have been murdered as a result of domestic violence.

For more information about the events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month around the county, please visit the Alameda County Family Justice Center's News & Events page.

If you or someone you know are victims of domestic violence, you are not alone.
We can help you.
Call the ACFJC on (510) 267-8800 or visit acfjc.org.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Increase Building Construction Oversight Sep 16, 2016

On September 15, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 465 by Senators Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and supported by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

This important piece of legislation requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the Contractors State Licensing Board, to make available copies of any citations or actions taken by the division against a contractor. This bill establishes greater accountability for contractors and ensures the public has critical disciplinary information about contractor licenses.

An example of this need for transparency can be seen by the tragic balcony collapse that killed six people in Berkeley in 2015. The company responsible has reportedly paid out $26.5 million in construction defect settlements, but that information was not known to the Contractors State Licensing Board or to the District Attorney’s Office.

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DA Nancy E. O’Malley Announces Charges in Sexual Misconduct Investigation Sep 9, 2016

Oakland, CA -- On June 15, 2016, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that the District Attorney’s Office had launched an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving multiple law enforcement officers from agencies around the Bay Area and an 18-year-old young woman known to the public by the name of Celeste Guap. Over the last three months, a team of Victim-Witness Advocates and DA Inspectors, assisted by attorneys, have worked full time on this investigation.

Cases brought into court by the District Attorney must be supported by evidence and it has been the task of the District Attorney’s team to identify and examine the evidence, and to substantiate the allegations. Cases cannot be brought into the criminal court absent evidence that establishes the element of the crime(s) beyond a reasonable doubt. Until now, the office has declined to comment on the investigation because the full scope of the facts was not known. It is our duty to conduct an impartial and thorough investigation and review of all facts before we make a charging decision or speak publically.

There has been an understandable public outcry over the allegations in this matter. The work of the media in covering the alleged criminal activity and misconduct has also served to raise awareness of issues important to all of us. The coverage, by and large, has relied on information uncovered by reporters and on limited social media messages provided by the young woman at the center of the story.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Honoring Mary C. Warren Aug 11, 2016

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mary C. Warren on August 6, 2016, following a long illness. Mary was one of Alameda County’s most active and dedicated public servants since moving to the county from Southern California more than 50 years ago. She made such a significant contribution to our nation and our county that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 16, 2011 as ‘Mary C. Warren Day’.

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DA Accepts Prestigous Award from American Bar Association Aug 10, 2016

At a ceremonial lunch at the American Bar Association’s Annual meeting in San Francisco on August 7, 2016, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley accepted the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

The award, established by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Honorees receiving the Margaret Brent Award have achieved professional excellence in their field and influenced other woman to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, and/or advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

DA O’Malley, who has served as the District Attorney of Alameda County since 2009 and is the first woman to hold that position, is now the first District Attorney in the nation to receive this prestigious award from the ABA. She now stands alongside other prominent past recipients of the award such as Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

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DA O’Malley Announces Consumer Protection Settlement with Shell Jul 25, 2016

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced that Equilon Enterprises LLC, dba Shell Oil Products US (“Shell”), entered into a stipulated judgment to resolve consumer protection and misleading advertising violations related to Shell gift cards and fuel rewards cards. Counties of Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma joined Alameda County in bringing this consumer protection action. Under the terms of the stipulated judgment, Shell agreed to pay $762,500 in civil penalties, costs, and restitution, and to injunctive terms to ensure future compliance.

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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.

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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.

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DA O’Malley & Rep Swalwell Host British MP to Discuss Gun Violence Jul 19, 2016

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Pleasanton) hosted Patrick Grady, Member of the British Parliament, on Saturday at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse to discuss gun violence issues.

The event, highlighting the nations’ differing attitudes on gun ownership and violence, featured a display of dozens of firearms used in violent crimes in Alameda County.

DA O’Malley spoke of an Oakland mother who was shot to death in 2015 while shielding her two children from a gang-related gunfight. “Too many people get caught in the crossfire.”

She also said U.S. law enforcement officers run the risk of being outgunned.

“We can’t just keep escalating the firepower – we have to really address the guns in our community and do our best to get those off our streets,” said O’Malley. “It’s not about stopping people from owning guns, it’s just making sure that people who own guns are the people who should.”

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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.

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Celebrating the 2016 Graduates of Truancy Court Jul 14, 2016

Recently, the Honorable Judge Gloria Rhynes presided over a court experience of a different type: a graduation ceremony for Truancy Court.

Thirty-one families, with children ranging in age from elementary school through secondary, started their journey in Truancy Court after being referred to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for being chronically absent from school.

The parents of these children appeared throughout the year in a collaborative court setting aimed at addressing the underlying issues that prevented regular school attendance. Working alongside the court, community-based organizations, Alameda County Health, and Asthma Start, the DA’s office’s Truancy program was able to affect positive change in their lives.

To celebrate this achievement, the graduating families gathered in Department 3 to share their success with the court. After hearing about the tremendous progress of the students and the commitment of the whole family to ensure they attend school, Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick brought a motion to have their cases dismissed. These motions were granted by Judge Rhynes.

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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.

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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.

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DA Completes Review of Allegations Regarding OPD’s Sgt Gantt Jun 23, 2016

The top priority of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is to ensure that criminal prosecutions are conducted ethically and professionally. The attorneys in this office stand by the integrity of each case brought into a court of law. We take very seriously our obligation to see that justice is served and that the rights of both victims and criminal defendants are upheld.

This office also seeks to keep the public informed about matters of concern. To that end, we would like to provide a thorough update on a matter revealed to this office on June 12, 2016. At that time, the Oakland Police Department brought to our attention allegations that OPD Sergeant Mike Gantt involved a third party in the transcription of certain audio recordings that were part of criminal investigations. This office immediately opened an inquiry into this matter.

We took the following steps and have made the following findings:

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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.

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DA’s Office Participates in Law Enforcement Torch Run Jun 21, 2016

On June 21, 2016, twenty employees from the Alameda County DA's Office participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness for the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Our runners took the ‘Flame of Hope’ torch on a four mile course through the streets of Oakland. As they ran past the courthouse by Lake Merritt, they were cheered by colleagues and stopped for a quick photo before they continued on to 7th Street to pass the torch to OPD.

The DA's Office Torch Run team with District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, Chief Assistant Kevin Dunleavy and Chief of Inspectors Robert Chenault.

Each year, the DA's Office participates in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to help raise awareness of the Special Olympics and has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 26 years. We join with other local law enforcement agencies to support the Special Olympics mission to help athletes with special needs transform themselves, their communities and the world.

DA Announces Settlement with Active Networks, LLC Jun 16, 2016

Oakland, CA - Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, along with the District Attorneys of San Diego and Sonoma Counties, settled a consumer protection action against Active Network, LLC (“Active”), a company that provides on-line event registration services for people and groups wishing to host activities such as athletic events, camping trips, corporate events and the like.

The civil complaint was filed in Alameda County. As alleged in the complaint, Active offers a paid membership program known as “Active Advantage,” which affords members discounts on future event registrations and other goods and services. Between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2013, much of the period of time covered by this action, membership in Active Advantage cost $59.95 and, later, $64.95 per year. Membership in Activity Advantage is automatically renewed each year, unless a member decides to cancel.

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Statement on Investigation into Law Enforcement Officers’ Alleged Sexual Misconduct Jun 15, 2016

The District Attorney's Office is conducting a thorough investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving police officers at multiple East Bay law enforcement agencies. While the investigation remains active, we will not comment on details or findings. However, we would like to make known certain facts.

On Wednesday, June 15, an Inspector in the District Attorney's Office was put on administrative leave.

“While it is our practice not to discuss pending investigations, I can firmly state that we do not and will not turn a blind eye to human trafficking or the sexual exploitation of a minor, whether the offender is a civilian or a law enforcement officer,” says DA O’Malley.

“The alleged conduct of the officers in this matter is not in line with what our office and the wider community feel is acceptable for those who are sworn to protect and serve.

"The Alameda County DA’s Office is a national leader in the fight against human trafficking, aggressively prosecuting traffickers and purchasers through our dedicated H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit. Regardless of the setting in which we uncover human trafficking in our community, we vigorously enforce the law.

“For years, we have been fighting to shatter the perception of children as 'prostitutes' and criminals undeserving of protection. These young people are victims of abuse. We have worked hard to educate the community about this issue that previously existed in the shadows,” said DA O’Malley.

"This office is committed to ensuring transparency and we will make our findings publicly available as soon as our investigation is complete."


Jury Reaches Verdict in Penalty Phase of Darnell Williams Murder Trial Jun 2, 2016

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.”

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2016 Gun Violence Awareness Day Jun 2, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley joins in the national movement to end gun violence in our county, state and nation.

'“It is tragic that we must dedicate a day to bring awareness to gun violence. Yesterday’s horrific shootings in Fremont, California and on the campus of UCLA make clear that we have much work to do,” says DA O’Malley.

In Alameda County, the District Attorney’s Office works with each of our local law enforcement agencies to keep put an end to gun violence. All too often, innocent lives are lost, families are torn apart and neighborhoods are terrorized by gunfire. Individuals in crisis or those struggling with mental illness or substance abuse may at times resort to gun violence. The outcomes have been devastating.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DA O’Malley Honored with Prestigious Award from American Bar Association Apr 26, 2016

OAKLAND, CA – The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce that Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley has been selected by the American Bar Association as a 2016 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. DA O’Malley, who has served as the District Attorney of Alameda County since 2009 and the first woman to hold that position, is now the first District Attorney in the nation to receive this prestigious award from the ABA.

The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Honorees receiving the Margaret Brent Award have achieved professional excellence in their field and influenced other woman to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, and/or advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DA Settles Lawsuit with Wells Fargo over Privacy Violations Mar 29, 2016

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her Office’s Consumer Protection Division, along with Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Diego District Attorneys’ Offices and the California State Attorney General’s Office, has settled a $8,500,000 lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank alleging a violation of California’s privacy laws.

Under the terms of the court approved judgment, Wells Fargo will pay civil penalties totaling $7,616,000 and will reimburse the prosecutors' investigative costs of $384,000.

In addition to the above penalties and investigative costs, Wells Fargo will contribute $500,000 to two statewide organizations dedicated to advancing consumer protection and privacy rights.

“The collaboration of the District Attorney’s Offices and the Attorney General resulted in today’s settlement,” says Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley.

“As information technology reaches ever further into the lives of our citizens, strict compliance with California’s privacy laws becomes ever more imperative to protect the rights of those individuals.”

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District Attorney Reaches Decision on Berkeley Balcony Collapse Mar 29, 2016

Oakland, CA – After a nine-month investigation, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced that her office will not file criminal charges in connection with the collapse of a balcony on June 16, 2015, in Berkeley, California, in which six students lost their lives and seven others sustained serious injuries.

“Not a day has passed since the tragedy of June 16 that I have not thought of the victims and their families,” says DA O’Malley. “I am keenly aware of the devastation and injuries each victim and each family suffered and continues to confront. Friends, families and entire communities both in California and in Ireland have been affected by the horror of that day.”

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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.

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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.

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DA’s Office Warns Residents about Telephone Scams Mar 21, 2016

It has come to the attention of the District Attorney’s Office that Alameda County residents are currently receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the IRS as well as other official government agencies and the superior court.

These fraudulent callers request payments for certain services or to repay a past balance due. The callers request payment by way of a gift card, credit card or money order.

Please be aware that these calls are scams!

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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.

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People v Calvin Earl Odom Mar 7, 2016

On February 25, 2016, a jury found defendant Calvin Earl Odom guilty of second degree murder with the use of a firearm.

On the afternoon of Easter Sunday, 2013, 37-year-old Vittorio "Vick" Jackson was shot and killed in a parking lot known for drug activity. Multiple witnesses identified defendant as the person who shot the victim and ran away with another individual.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Felony Conviction Obtained in Immigration Fraud Case Jan 29, 2016

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced the felony grand theft conviction of Defendant Vosgan Mekhitarian in an immigration fraud case.

On January 28, 2016, Defendant Vosgan Mekhitarian pled no contest to felony grand theft after paying the full amount of restitution (over $50,000) to his victims.

“My Office is dedicated to protecting our citizens from scams and fraud such as that committed by Mr. Mekhitarian,” explains DA O’Malley. “He preyed upon vulnerable individuals hoping to become U.S. citizens. We are grateful to the couragous individual who reported this scam to the authorities, and extremely pleased that we were able to secure full restitution to all those he victimized.”

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DA’s Office Settles Consumer Protection Action Against Nabisco Ginger Snaps Jan 22, 2016

Nabisco Ginger Snap Cookies Contained Lead Amounts in Excess of Warning Limits

Oakland, CA – Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with nine other California District Attorney’s Offices, the California Attorney General’s Office, and the non-profit Center for Environmental Health (CEH), has settled a consumer protection action brought under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (also known as “Proposition 65”) against Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, the maker of Nabisco-brand products. The complaint alleges that Mondelēz marketed and sold Nabisco Ginger Snap cookies that contained lead in amounts that exceeded the warning limits for lead exposure in California.

“Proposition 65 warnings provide vital information to every consumer, especially parents purchasing food for their families,” states DA O’Malley.

“My Office is dedicated to ensuring that every manufacturer complies with this important California law and that the citizens of this county and the State of California are informed about potentially unsafe substances in the food they consume.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DA O’Malley Announces Events Honoring Human Trafficking Awareness Month Jan 14, 2016

OAKLAND, CA – The month of January is designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is at the forefront on a local, state-wide and national level in its comprehensive response to the epidemic of human trafficking.

“My Office combats human trafficking on multiple levels,” explains District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley.

“We are the leaders in the state in the prosecution of traffickers. Our focus remains equally strong in meeting the needs of victims, educating the community and police agencies, and drafting vital legislation.”

During the month of January, the District Attorney’s Office is leading and participating in multiple events, meetings and trainings focused on ending this criminal enterprise:

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