June 2016

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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