January 2016

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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