Felony Verdicts

People v. Daniel Chavez-Estrella Oct 3, 2019

On September 27, 2019, a jury convicted defendant, Daniel Chavez-Estrella, of carjacking. On July 23, 2018 at about 3 pm, the victim was waiting for her son in Berkeley while leaning against her car. The defendant pushed her off her car, climbed into the driver’s seat, and drove away. Two days later, Oakland Police officers found defendant in possession of the victim’s car and had the car keys in his pocket. Berkeley Police officers recovered video surveillance that captured defendant as he spotted the victim and walked towards her immediately before the carjacking.

This case was prosecuted by DDA Camille Ching with the assistance of Inspector Kendell Won and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Defendant will be sentenced on October 24, 2019.

People v. Garrell Henderson Sep 27, 2019

On September 25, 2019, a jury found defendant Garrell Henderson guilty of two counts of robbery as well as being a felon in possession of a gun, felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of an assault weapon.

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People v. Lonnel Moore Sep 27, 2019

On September 23, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Lonnel Moore of four felony counts, including human trafficking of a minor with force, pimping of a minor, inducing a minor to commit a lewd and lascivious act, and committing a lewd act on a minor.

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People v. Kali Ponder Sep 24, 2019

On September 19, 2019, a jury found the defendant guilty of Second Degree Murder, Assault with a Firearm and Shooting into an Inhabited House while intentionally discharging a firearm causing death.

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People v. Alphonzo McInnis Jul 25, 2019

On July 23, 2019 a jury convicted Alphonzo McInnis of kidnapping for the purposes of sexual assault, 3 counts of forcible rape of a minor, as well as enhancements for aggravated kidnapping of a minor during the course of a sexual assault. The jury hung 11-1 for guilt on the charge that he kidnapped a second victim for the purposes of sexual assault.

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People v. Antonio Vanegas Jul 19, 2019

On July 19, 2019 a jury convicted Antonio Vanegas of 9 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and one count of a forcible lewd acts on a child under 14. The defendant sexually assaulted the young victim on a regular basis when she was between 10 and 13 years old.

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People v. Anthony Burton Jul 9, 2019

On July 3, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Anthony Burton of two counts of attempted murder, domestic battery, two counts of assault with a firearm, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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People v. Damarie Jones & John Blacknell Jul 5, 2019

On July 3, 2019, a jury convicted co-defendants Damarie Jones and John Blacknell of first degree murder. The jury found defendant Blacknell personally discharged a firearm causing death and that he possessed an unregistered, loaded firearm. On April 3, 2016, the defendants robbed victim Jaccare Vanpelt. The incident occurred in the 6000 block of Idaho Street in Oakland. While both defendants struggled with the victim, a Good Samaritan attempted to intervene. When the Good Samaritan threatened to call the police, defendant Blacknell pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Vanpelt six times in the back. The defendants fled the scene together. The Oakland Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory discovered defendant Jones DNA on the victim’s fingernail clippings. Oakland Police Department Investigators collected evidence from cell phones to corroborate witness identifications and the scientific evidence. DDA Timothy Wagstaffe prosecuted the case along with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

People v. Christopher Jones Jun 12, 2019

On June 11, 2019, a jury convicted Christopher Jones of first degree residential burglary and attempted first degree residential burglary. In the early morning hours of September 21, 2018, the defendant was captured on a home video surveillance system making his way to the back property of a home in Berkeley occupied by nine Univ. of California, Berkeley students. Items taken from their home included various laptops. On October 7, 2018, the defendant was captured on a home video surveillance system attempting to open the locked door of a home located in Berkeley a few blocks away from his previous burglary. The defendant was identified by the distinct tattoo on his forearm along with other similar characteristics. The case was prosecuted by DDA Malisha Jones with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner.

Defendant Christopher Jones was sentenced on July 17, 2019.

People v. Garcia May 30, 2019

On May 29, 2019, a jury convicted Anicasio Garcia of second degree murder for the killing of Nelson Diaz Velasquez, based on the events of May 27, 2016 when the defendant stabbed Mr. Velasquez in his heart. That night, Mr. Velasquez had been on a date with his girlfriend. When he drove her home, the defendant was waiting for them. After dropping his girlfriend off, Mr. Velasquez waited in his car for the woman to get inside. The defendant approached him with the murder weapon in hand and stabbed him in the chest, penetrating his chest wall through to his pericardium, damaging his left ventricle and the heart itself. Mr. Velasquez eventually collapsed in the parking lot across the street from his girlfriend's apartment while good Samaritans tried to help.

That night Mr. Velasquez succumbed to the serious injury and was pronounced dead. After the stabbing, the defendant fled the scene, discarded the murder weapon, but was eventually apprehended. When interviewed by the Oakland Police Department, the defendant admitted to stabbing the victim with a knife, but claimed he did not intend to kill him. The jury found that he committed murder when his actions led to the unlawful death of Mr. Velasquez. This case was prosecuted by DDA Charly Weissenbach with the assistance of Inspector Brian Delahunty and Victim Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Anicasio Garcia was sentenced on June 26, 2019.