Felony Verdicts

PEOPLE V ELMER UGARTE Sep 20, 2022

On September 1, 2022, a jury found the defendant, Elmer Ugarte, guilty of second-degree murder for the death of his wife, Maria “Lupe” Hernandez. A jury also found the defendant guilty of child endangerment.

The defendant and Maria Hernandez were married for 14 years and had two children (11 and 13 years old). During the course of their marriage, the defendant physically abused the victim multiple times. On at least two occasions, the defendant abused the victim in front of their children. Additionally, the defendant consistently abused alcohol. In 2020, the defendant and the victim’s marriage had deteriorated and both had contemplated and discussed divorce. The defendant was also planning to leave his family and move to Arizona with his girlfriend and his mother.

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PEOPLE V LATRAIL WHITE Sep 19, 2022

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, a jury found Defendant Latrail White guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Travis Ward.

On July 24, 2021, Mr. Ward was shot and killed on the 1600 block of 23rd Avenue in Oakland by an occupant of a Mercedes sedan. Surveillance of the murder showed a Mercedes sedan, with a missing front emblem, approach Mr. Ward as he was seated on 23rd Avenue. The surveillance did not show the face of the driver of the Mercedes. The suspect, later identified as the defendant, shot a firearm from the driver’s seat of the Mercedes. Mr. Ward had been shot six times, including four times in the back, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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PEOPLE VS AHMAD AZIZI Sep 6, 2022

A jury found defendant Ahmad Azizi guilty of forcible rape.

In 2016 the victim, who was 21 years old, went to a nightclub in San Francisco with her friends. The victim bumped into the defendant, 38 years old, who bought her shots. They spent time together and the victim became severely intoxicated to the point of no longer being able to recall certain moments of the evening. The defendant removed the victim from the club and away from her friends without notice. He put her into a private car driven by a man the defendant had contracted with before. The defendant paid to have the victim driven to a second car who then transported the pair to the defendant’s home in Dublin. During the transportation, the victim was so intoxicated that she was unable to stand on her own, vomited, and at one point needed to be carried.

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Jury convicts former golf instructor of sexual abuse of a minor Aug 30, 2022

People v. Kwangson Kim

On August 29, 2022, a jury found Defendant Kwangson Kim, guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a minor as well as an additional three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor.

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PEOPLE VS LESTER WALLACE JR. Aug 1, 2022

A jury found Defendant Levester Wallace Jr. guilty of felony domestic violence causing injury and felony false imprisonment by violence.

On February 25, 2019, Jane Doe returned home after a night out with her cousins. When she got home, Defendant Wallace grabbed her by the hair and demanded her phone and whereabouts. Defendant released her but followed her into the bedroom closet where he punched her in the head and strangled her to the point that she almost lost consciousness.

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PEOPLE VS JUCARI ANDERSON Jul 11, 2022

On July 7, 2022, a jury found defendant Jucari Anderson guilty of assault with a semiautomatic firearm for the shooting of an innocent bystander in Berkeley.

On November 10, 2019 at 2:36 A.M., the defendant fired eight rounds from a Sig Sauer pistol towards the intersection of Durant and Telegraph avenues after initiating a verbal confrontation with a group of individuals. The victim, an innocent bystander who was not involved in the conflict at all, was struck multiple times in the legs as he was walking back to his vehicle. Video surveillance showed other innocent bystanders frantically fleeing the scene to seek safety at the time of the shooting. The victim suffered a fractured femur in one leg and a shattered kneecap in the other. The victim fortunately survived his injuries.

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PEOPLE V KAIREE WARD Jun 9, 2022

On June 8, 2022, the jury found Defendant Kairee Ward guilty of three felony second-degree robberies, and found true the personal use of a firearm and two arming clauses. He was also convicted of misdemeanor carrying a concealed firearm.

On October 11, 2020 around 12:30 p.m., a victim was walking on Masterson Street in Oakland when he was approached by two men who he recognized from social media and local music videos posted on YouTube.

Defendant Ward was one of those two men armed with a silver assault

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PEOPLE V OMAR JIMENEZ Jun 3, 2022

On May 24, 2022, a jury found defendant Omar Jimenez guilty of first-degree residential robbery with personal use of a firearm and infliction of great bodily injury.

On October 19, 2019, at 4:20 a.m. officers were called to the scene of an assault on 3rd Avenue in Oakland. The victim indicated that while he was sleeping, two masked men with handguns broke into his home and struck him multiple times in the face and body with their guns and their fists. The men demanded money and ransacked the victim’s home. The victim, who is deaf and mute, escaped and ran to a nearby convenience store. He was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose and a concussion.

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PEOPLE VS JUAN CARPIO PERDOMO May 27, 2022

On May 25, 2022, a jury found Defendant Juan Carpio-Perdomo guilty of three counts of Penal Code 288(a), lewd act upon a child.

The victim, John Doe, is now 16 years old. But when he was 13 years old, he disclosed to his parents that the defendant, his nanny’s boyfriend, had sexually molested him one night when he was between 5 and 8 years old. Under the guise of putting him to bed, the defendant got into bed with the boy and touched him and had the victim touch him in a lewd and lascivious manner.

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PEOPLE V MICHAEL BRITTON May 18, 2022

On May 11, 2022 a jury found Defendant Michael Britton guilty of the second-degree murder of Omar Abdallah.

On October 9, 2017, a verbal argument broke out between the defendant and Mr. Abdallah in an autobody shop in East Oakland, over a dice game. The defendant drew a gun and held it at his side. Mr. Abdallah, who was unarmed, did not back down and pushed the defendant onto the hood of a car before backing up six feet from him.

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