Felony Verdicts

People v. Jermaine Bradford Dec 19, 2019

On December 19, 2019, an Alameda County jury convicted defendant Jermaine Bradford of three felony counts of committing sexual acts on a child under the age of 10. Jane Doe was 6 years old when the crimes occurred sometime during the late winter and spring of 2016. The defendant committed these acts while driving Jane Doe to school in his van. The defendant is facing a sentence of up to 45 years to life in prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Chris Infante with investigative work by Insp. Kendell Won and Insp. Jason Hawks. Victim advocacy was provided by Stephanie Lynch.

People v. David Vigil Dec 5, 2019

On December 5, 2019, a jury convicted defendant David Vigil of voluntary manslaughter (heat of passion) with use of a firearm, 2nd degree murder with personal use of a firearm, and shooting at an occupied vehicle.

On September 24, 2015, defendant David Vigil and his unidentified co-participant slowly drove down Crosby Avenue in East Oakland. The two both noticed victims Jorge Salazar and Edward Miranda sitting in Mr. Salazar’s car. The two victims had just gotten off work. After initially driving past the victims, the defendant reversed his car to line up with Mr. Salazar’s car and the men exchanged words. The defendant then drove his car forward and pulled to the side to allow another car to drive past, reversed again, got out of his car and approached the victims as they sat in their car. The defendant’s passenger also got out of the car and began to approach the victims and both the defendant and his passenger shot into the victims’ car. Mr. Salazar, who was also armed, fired back twice, striking the defendant once in the shoulder. The defendant and his co-participant fled the scene, leaving Mr. Salazar and Mr. Miranda dead from multiple gunshot wounds. The defendant initially claimed he was shot approximate three miles away while minding his own business. He claimed self-defense at trial despite stating that he had “shot some Scraps” shortly after the shooting. “Scraps” is a derogatory name for Sureño gang members. It is believed that the defendant is a Norteño gang member. It should be noted that the victims had no ties to any gang and appeared to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as they were victimized by the defendant.

The defendant will be sentenced on January 31, 2020.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Butch Ford with the assistance of Inspector Ceasar Basa and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

People v. Sean Grant Nov 7, 2019

On November 7, 2019, a jury found defendant Sean Grant guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of ammunition.

On June 29, 2018, the defendant returned to his former workplace at New Karibbean Night Club in Oakland. There, he confronted a former colleague and started a physical altercation. After the altercation, the defendant told the victim "It's a wrap for you, you better stop working here." After making this threat, the defendant made a FaceTime call and asked an unknown man if he "Got that thang." Understanding "thang" to mean gun, the victim called 911. While police were on scene, the defendant returned to New Karibbean. In the car the defendant had been seen driving, police recovered a loaded pistol with an extended clip full of 33 rounds of live ammunition.

The defendant will be sentenced on January 10, 2020.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Charly Weissenbach with the assistance of Inspector Brian Delahunty.

People V. Francisco Jesus Hernandez Oct 16, 2019

On October 16, 2019, a jury found Francisco Jesus Hernandez guilty of two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, attempted arson causing great bodily injury, a multiple murder special circumstance, and various personal use of a firearm enhancement.

On August 8, 2016, the three victims were all occupants in a single-cab pickup truck. They drove to a residential neighborhood off of 98th Avenue in East Oakland, where the driver began burning rubber and spinning donuts. The defendant and his seventeen-year-old son retrieved firearms, and the defendant shot the driver and middle passenger multiple times, killing them. The defendant approached the truck to check for survivors and found the third victim cowering on the passenger floorboard. Defendant pulled him out of the truck. When the victim begged for his life, the defendant told him, “You came with them, you will leave with them.” After the defendant and his son pistol-whipped the victim, the defendant said, “Son, you know what you have to do,” and the son then shot the victim in the face, chest, arm and hand. A third unknown suspect doused this man and the truck with gasoline. The defendant then forced this victim who was still alive back into the truck, and one of the three lit the truck on fire. The attempted murder victim was able to run from the burning truck on fire, shed his burning clothing, and hide until police and paramedics arrived. The strength of the evidence in this case is attributable to multiple courageous neighbors who came forward and identified the two defendants.

The defendant will be sentenced January 10, 2020, and faces Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole. Before trial, Francisco Hernandez Junior pled no contest to the willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder of the surviving victim and admitted a personal use of a firearm enhancement. He will be sentenced on November 15, 2019, to an indeterminate term of 17 years to Life in Prison.

People V. Salascaballero Oct 8, 2019

On October 8, 2019, defendant Eladio Salascaballero was convicted by a jury of PC 288.5(a), continuous sexual abuse, and two counts of misdemeanor child molestation (PC 247.6(a)(1)).

On multiple occasions from 2005 to 2013, the defendant sexually assaulted and molested Jane Doe. Doe bravely confronted her abuser and testified about the horrific sexual abuse she suffered for years as a child. Although the defendant testified and denied all allegations, the jury deliberated for fifteen minutes before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts.

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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