Felony Verdicts

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.

Sentencing is scheduled for 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.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2019.

People v. Dennis Ray Eagle May 15, 2019

A jury has found Dennis Ray Eagle guilty of 1st degree murder in the October 28, 1979 death of Betty Jean Elias. The defendant was also found guilty of the alleged special circumstance of rape in the commission of that murder. Ms. Elias was found dead in her hotel room on San Pablo Ave. in Oakland. She had been violently beaten, she had defensive wounds on her hands, and the coroner determined she had been strangled to death.

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People v. Kawan Hardy May 15, 2019

On May 6, 2019 a jury convicted Kawan Hardy of assault with a semi-automatic firearm with intentional discharge, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and additional gun possession charges. On September 14 of 2018, Mr. Hardy ran into the busy intersection of 90th Avenue and Olive Street in Oakland where he fired his gun at a car driving by. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney William Layne along with the assistance of Inspector Caesar Basa. Kawan Hardy is scheduled for sentencing on June 10, 2019 in Department 3.

People v. Follings & Mendoza May 10, 2019

On May 9, 2019, a jury found defendant Brandon Follings and Pablo Mendoza guilty of first degree murder, gang and gun allegations, with special circumstances of the murder of a witness, Daniel Deltoro.

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People v. Fareed Traylor May 6, 2019

On May 2, 2019 a jury convicted Fareed Traylor of four counts of Oral Copulation with a Child 10 and Under, one count of Sexual Intercourse with a Child 10 and Under, one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Acts of a Child Age 14. The defendant sexually assaulted Jane Doe from the time she was 7 through 14. The sexual assaults occurred on a weekly basis as the defendant and Jane Doe moved to different cities including Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward.

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People v. LaRay Nelson Apr 24, 2019

On April 23, 2019, LaRay Nelson was convicted after jury trial of stalking, criminal threats, child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and multiple restraining order violations. Defendant stalked his ex-wife for over two years, committing numerous restraining order violations and threatening the victim and her family. In one incident, defendant threatened and attacked his ex-wife in her car with her 8 year old great-granddaughter in the back seat of the car. The case was prosecuted by DDA Jason Sjoberg. Inspector Guillermo Alcaraz and Victim Witness Dena Aindow assisted.

People v. Damien Robinson Apr 10, 2019

On April 9, 2019, a jury convicted Defendant, Damien Robinson, of two counts of second degree murder, and one count of voluntary manslaughter. Defendant Robinson was convicted of 2nd degree murder with an allegation of the use of a firearm causing death in the shooting death of his father, Darryl Robinson. Defendant was convicted of 2nd degree murder with an allegation of the use of a firearm causing death in the shooting death of Benjamin Williams. Defendant was convicted of voluntary manslaughter with an allegation of the use of a firearm in the shooting death of Raymond Garza. Defendant was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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People v. Shiheim Johnson Mar 18, 2019

On March 13, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Shiheim Johnson of first degree murder with a personal use of a firearm, robbery with use of a firearm, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. On December 20, 2015, defendant and a juvenile co-participant agreed to sell a gun to the deceased victim and his cousin.

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People v. Wilson, Samad, McFadden, Terrell Feb 15, 2019

On February 6, 2019, a jury convicted defendants Anthony Wilson, Aoderi Samad, Derrick McFadden, and Tyrone Terrell for the killing of Anthony Stevens. Wilson and Terrell were convicted of second-degree murder, Samad was convicted of first-degree murder, and McFadden was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

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