September 2017

Alameda County Justice Restoration Project Launched Sep 21, 2017

OAKLAND, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced that the District Attorney’s Office, leading a partnership of county agencies, community partners and non-government resource providers, has launched the Alameda County Justice Restoration Project.

The Justice Restoration Project is a unique project in that it is a Pay For Success Project, with seed funding awarded by the Board of State and Community Corrections through a competitive grant program. Pay For Success is a fiscal partnership between a government agency, in this case Alameda County, under the leadership of the District Attorney’s Office, and private or foundation funders. The non-government funds are invested in a project with specific contractual milestones and outcomes.

Through the Justice Restoration Project, the guiding principles are focused on successful outcomes for young adults who are on felony probation or who have been charged with certain felony crimes. Not only does the project focus on reducing and eliminating recidivism, but on providing the resources and processes for individuals to build bright futures. The Justice Restoration Project will focus on young adults ages 18-24 and will be evaluated by WestEd, an independent research and assessment organization.

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People v Hassan Lee Bratcher Sep 11, 2017

On September 6, 2017, a jury found Defendant Hassan Lee Bratcher guilty of kidnapping and forcible rape as well as additional kidnap allegations against Jane Doe.

On March 5, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am, Defendant Bratcher was driving a van around Oakland. He came across Jane Doe, a 33 year old female with a cognitive disability, who was walking to church. He called out to her from his vehicle and they had a short conversation during which he was very kind and pretended to know Jane Doe in order to lure her into his car. Jane Doe was tired and having difficulty walking so Defendant Bratcher agreed to provide her a ride the rest of the way to her church.

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People v Hasson William Hedgepeth Sep 6, 2017

Recently, a jury found Defendant Hasson William Hedgepeth guilty of first degree murder with an enhancement for the personal an intentional use of a firearm causing great bodily injury, as well as attempted voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement for use of a firearm.

On October 4, 2013, at about 8:30 pm, Defendant Hasson Hedgepeth met up with victims Philip Montenegro and Brandon Smith in the 2900 Block of 106th Avenue in Oakland. Defendant Hedgepeth enticed the victims to meet by offering to sell "syrup" to them for $500. Defendant Hedgepeth attempted to sell the victims the purported "syrup" but the victims discovered that the "syrup" was not the agreed upon type.

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Alameda County DA O’Malley Announces Charges Filed Against Four Deputy Sheriffs Sep 5, 2017

Felony Assault Under Color of Authority, Witness Intimidation, and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice Charges Filed Against Four Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies

OAKLAND, CA – Today, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges against four Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The criminal complaint alleges that defendants Justin Linn and Erik McDermott committed felony assault under color of authority, witness intimidation, and conspiracy to obstruct of justice. The complaint alleges defendants Stephen Sarcos and Sarah Krause committed the crime of felony assault under the color of authority. The complaint, naming all four defendants, alleges various crimes committed against eight individual victims.

The defendants have been ordered to appear for arraignment today, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in Department 712 in the East County Hall of Justice at 2:00 pm.

“It is the mission of the Sheriff’s Office to protect life and property while providing humane treatment to those in its custody. Those entrusted with supervising and caring for individuals while incarcerated must be held to the highest ethical and professional standards,” says District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

“These four deputies directed, facilitated, enabled and committed sadistic and terrorizing acts against several men whose protection fell directly within the responsibility of their positions as correctional officers. The conduct of these four defendants violates the law and there is no rational explanation for their actions aside from abject cruelty and a disregard for the humanity of the inmates.”

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