July 2016

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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