August 2016

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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