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Scalding Water Assault Results in Conviction

Posted: July 13, 2018

On July 11, 2018, an El Dorado County jury convicted Shantaraha Dawn Coffer of felony assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. The jury additionally found the special allegation of the personal infliction of great bodily injury to be true. The jury found Ms. Coffer not guilty of mayhem. During the course of the trial, the jury heard testimony from the victim, persons inside the residence during the attack, Ms. Coffer, and a Deputy from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

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Justice Achieved for Vulnerable Victim

Posted: July 10, 2018

On June 28, 2018, an El Dorado County jury convicted Shannon Michael Jones of felony grand theft and misdemeanor receipt of stolen property. Co-defendant Summer Mascott was also convicted of misdemeanor receipt of stolen property. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours after hearing testimony from the victim, an El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy, and an El Dorado County Sheriff's Detective.

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BEER BANDIT BUSTED

Posted: July 09, 2018

On July 3, 2018, a South Lake Tahoe jury convicted Craig Joseph Cumbra of Second Degree Robbery for an incident that took place on March 11, at a 7-Eleven.

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NERVOUS BLADDER BUSTS DRUG RUNNER

Posted: July 07, 2018

Keith Byron Wigfall, age 52 and from Mishawaki, Indiana, was convicted of Felony Transportation of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Sales.

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DUI DRIVER WHO KILLED ONE AND INJURED ANOTHER IN HEAD-ON COLLISION SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

Posted: July 05, 2018

A driver impaired by alcohol who caused the death of female driver and injury to her passenger in a head-on vehicle collision was sentenced to 11 years State Prison in a plea agreement with the El Dorado County District Attorney Office.

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Drunk Driver Convicted for Fourth Time in Five Years

Posted: July 03, 2018

Lisa Erin Lacayo, age 51, was convicted of felony driving under the Influence on July 2, 2018, in the El Dorado County Superior Court in Lake Tahoe.

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Career Criminal Caught on Security Camera Stealing the Camera

Posted: July 02, 2018

Jesse Bryan King, age 39, was convicted of felony theft and sentenced to 180 days in the county jail, placed on 5 years formal, supervised probation and ordered to pay $9,959.54 in restitution to the Gold Oak Union School District.

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District Attorney's Office Auto Fraud Unit Announces Felony Convictions of Blaine Overton, Shayna Padilla, and Jerry Helton

Posted: June 26, 2018

On May 11, 2018, Blaine Overton entered a plea of no contest to a violation of Penal Code section 245(a)(4) (assault likely to cause great bodily injury) and Vehicle Code section 10851 (unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle). Shayna Padilla entered no contest plea to a violation of Vehicle Code section 10851 (unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle). Jerry Helton entered a no contest plea to a violation of Penal Code section 245(a)(4) (assault likely to cause great bodily injury) and Penal Code section 236 (false imprisonment).

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Man Convicted of 14 Counts of Felony Pimping and Pandering

Posted: June 25, 2018

On June 19, 2018, 44 year old Isiah Campbell was convicted of 11 counts of felony pandering and 3 counts of felony pimping for conduct against 11 different victims. The jury found Mr. Campbell not guilty of additional charges of human sex trafficking.

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Five Year Prison Sentence for Repeat Domestic Violence Offender

Posted: June 21, 2018

Corey Anthony Denbae, age 31, a South Lake Tahoe resident, was convicted of felony domestic violence after suffering a prior felony domestic violence conviction in 2015. Denbae was sentenced to 5 years in the state prison.

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Sex Offender Sent to Prison for Failing to Register

Posted: June 19, 2018

On June 18, 2018, Alan Jerome Vetter, age 58, was convicted of felony failure to register as a sex offender.

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Insurance Fraud Nets $124,602 Restitution Order

Posted: June 18, 2018

John and Theresa Kipilo, owners of Johnny Sparkles Cleaning Services, Inc., were convicted of multiple counts of felony worker's compensation fraud and tax evasion.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces the Conviction of Nolen Keith Buchanan for Three Counts of First Degree Murder

Posted: June 14, 2018

On June 13, 2018, an El Dorado County jury made up of seven men and five women convicted Nolen Keith Buchanan of three counts of First Degree Murder with multiple enhancements for the use of a firearm in the commission of his crimes. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours before returning their verdict. After the verdicts, the Honorable Suzanne Kingsbury remanded the defendant into the El Dorado County jail pending the July 12, 2018 sentencing hearing.

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Greenwood Man Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter

Posted: June 12, 2018

On June 4, 2018, Jacob Alan Bohlen, age 39, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the April 2, 2017, death of Dennis Adam Johns, age 35, also of Greenwood.

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South Lake Tahoe Man Sent to Prison for Domestic Violence

Posted: June 11, 2018

Shannon Patrick Johnson, age 33, of South Lake Tahoe was convicted of Felony Domestic Violence and sentenced to 4 years in state prison.

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Nicest Drug Dealer You'll Ever Meet Convicted

Posted: June 08, 2018

Calvin Carl Combs, age 37, was convicted on June 8, 2018 of Felony Transportation of Narcotics.

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Sharp-Eyed CHP Officer Catches Car Thieves

Posted: June 07, 2018

Matthew Lee Anderson, age 34, and Sabrina Marie Roesner, age 30, were convicted of felony auto theft. Anderson, who committed additional crimes in Sacramento County while this case was pending, was sentenced to 270 days county jail and placed on 4 years supervised probation. Roesner was sentenced to 180 days county jail and also placed on 4 years supervised probation.

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Driver in Fatal DUI Collision Pleads No Contest

Posted: June 04, 2018

DUI driver involved in a head-on collision in which the passenger was killed and the driver injured; plead no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated along with other charges.

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Repeat Domestic Violence Offender Convicted

Posted: June 02, 2018

Repeat Domestic Violence Offender Convicted Garrett Ethen Stromberg, age 20, was convicted of Felony Domestic Violence with a Prior Domestic Violence conviction, misdemeanor Resisting Arrest and misdemeanor Possession of Heroin.

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Selling Drugs to Raise Bail Money for Friend Results in Conviction

Posted: May 31, 2018

Selling Drugs to Raise Bail Money for Friend Results in Conviction On May 25, 2018, Cierra Marie Kerby, age 23, pled "no-contest" to Felony Transportation of Heroin and Suboxone.

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Man Convicted for Stealing Motorcycles, Fighting Police Dog

Posted: May 24, 2018

James Todd Moffitt, age 29, a transient living in the Placerville area and his girlfriend, Julie Ann Cole, age 32, were convicted of charges arising from the 2017 theft of two motorcycles and other personal property from a residence in Placerville.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Cold Case Murder Charges Against David Paul DeMartile, Sr.

Posted: May 23, 2018

South Lake Tahoe, CA – Yesterday, the El Dorado County District’s Office filed murder charges against David Paul DeMartile Sr. in the cold case 2008 murder of a three week old baby boy. The suspect is currently in state prison serving a 14 year prison sentence for burglary. The filing of charges is the result of extensive efforts by the recently reorganized El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

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Welfare Fraud Lands Gardnerville Woman in County Jail

Posted: May 22, 2018

Destanee Janae Milligan, age 22, pled no contest and was found guilty of felony welfare fraud. She was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail and ordered to pay $6,794.00 in restitution for benefits she obtained that she was not eligible for.

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School Shootings: Getting Real About the Dark Triad of Personality and the Impact of Media Sensationalism

Posted: May 18, 2018

In the last week, there were two school shootings. One, you likely never heard about due to the heroic actions of a school resource officer in Dixon, Illinois who confronted and chased down the gunman. The second, the tragedy in Texas at Santa Fe High School which happened today, we likely will all hear about in graphic detail, with hour upon hour of breaking news updates.

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Pollock Pines Man Guilty of Resisting Peace Officer and Harboring a Fugitive

Posted: May 18, 2018

On May 16, 2018, a jury found Barry Allen Cornelius, age 60, guilty of resisting a peace officer in the performance of his duties and guilty of accessory after the fact, both misdemeanors.

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Homewood Man Convicted of Delaying Peace Officer

Posted: May 18, 2018

On May 16, 2018, a South Lake Tahoe jury convicted Michael Rene Franklin for delaying a peace offer in the performance of his duties, driving without a valid license, and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

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Camino Man Sentenced to State Prison for Vehicle Theft, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and Hit and Run

Posted: May 17, 2018

On May 14, 2018, Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Melikian sentenced Anthony Joseph Winchell, 21, of Camino to 5 years in state prison for felony charges of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Causing Injury, Unlawfully Taking a Vehicle,and Hit and Run. Winchell also admitted prior convictions for both DUI and vehicle theft.

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12 Year Prison Sentence for Child Molester

Posted: May 15, 2018

On Friday May 11, 2018, 38 year old Raymond Andrew Prine was sentenced to 12 years in state prison for molesting three separate victims over a span of twenty years.

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Remembering All of Law Enforcement's Heroes

Posted: May 11, 2018

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

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El Dorado County Veterans Treatment Court Program

Posted: May 10, 2018

In honor of May being Military Appreciation Month and that veterans comprise nearly 10% of El Dorado County residents, we would like to showcase a very important program that is effecting veterans in El Dorado County.

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South Lake Tahoe Resident Convicted of Felony Identity Theft

Posted: May 08, 2018

South Lake Tahoe resident Shelli Patrice Peyton, age 56, was convicted of felony identity theft on May 4, 2018.

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Man Convicted of Theft from Elder

Posted: May 07, 2018

Joshua George Pine, age 34, was convicted of misdemeanor Theft from an Elder and misdemeanor Identity Theft. Pine was sentenced to 364 days in the county jail and ordered to pay restitution to the 81 year-old victim. In addition, the Court issued a 10-year Criminal Protective Order, preventing Pine from being able to contact the victim.

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Sex with a Juvenile

Posted: May 04, 2018

Clayton Tyler Christensen, age 21, was sentenced to 3 years state prison for having sex with a juvenile.

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Felon Caught Doing Drugs in Stolen Car

Posted: May 03, 2018

On May 1, 2018, Brian Richard Dimond, age 40, was convicted of felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and misdemeanor Providing False Identity to Peace Officer. Dimond was sentenced to 3 years 8 months in "County Prison" pursuant to 1170(h).

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Car Thief Caught at Red Hawk Casino

Posted: May 01, 2018

Jason Paul Fowler, age 39, was sentenced to 3 years in County Prison pursuant to 1170(h) PC. The first two years will be served in the El Dorado County Jail, and the third year will be served on Supervised Release.

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Repeat Offender Sent to Prison for Domestic Violence

Posted: April 30, 2018

James Warren Granger, age 61, was convicted of Criminal Threats, a felony strike offense, on April 26, 2018.

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Woman Convicted of Domestic Violence in South Lake Tahoe

Posted: April 26, 2018

On April 23, 2018, Shellie Renee Scott of South Lake Tahoe pled "no contest" to violating PC 136.1, Threatening a Witness, a felony "strike" offense.

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What Actually Happens When a Foreign National is the Victim of Crime? Understanding the U-Visa Program

Posted: April 23, 2018

In an all too familiar scenario, law enforcement gets called out to reports of yelling and screaming and a possible domestic violence situation. The police officers arrive and see a woman crying, with a black eye and bloody lip who says her boyfriend hit her. The suspect boyfriend denies anything happened, but has blood on his knuckles and is arrested. But, what if the victim is an undocumented immigrant? Will she be deported? Will she be afraid to ask for help? Will the suspect threaten to report her to immigration officials hoping she will drop the charges?

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South Lake Tahoe Man Sent to Prison For Domestic Violence

Posted: April 20, 2018

Eric James Brown, age 52, was sentenced to 16 months state prison for threatening to kill his wife, a violation of Penal Code section 422, a felony "strike" offense.

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Hatchet Wielding Neighbor Sent To Prison

Posted: April 19, 2018

John Edward Finley, age 56, was convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon, a "Strike" offense, and sentenced to 3 years in state prison.

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Jail Attack Results in Longer State Prison Sentence

Posted: April 17, 2018

Donavan Anthony Shafer, age 30, was convicted on April 16, 2018, of felony assault and battery and admitted a special allegation that he personally inflicted great bodily Injury on the victim.

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Career Criminal Plays the Lottery and Loses Again

Posted: April 16, 2018

On Friday the 13th Matthew James Henson, age 38, pled guilty to Commercial Burglary and, in a separate case, Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Sales, both felony offenses. Henson also admitted to having a prior strike conviction for Residential Burglary, and has 10 prior felony convictions, six of which resulted in state prison sentences.

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week . . . What You Can Do To Help Victims of Sex Trafficking

Posted: April 13, 2018

Human Trafficking involving sex crimes is an epidemic quickly sweeping the nation. Human Sex Traffickers (aka: “Pimps”) use force, fear and coercive threats to force victims into the sex trade while essentially holding them hostage. Shockingly, such conduct is not recognized in California as a violent felony.

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CALIFORNIA LAW ENFORCEMENT BREATHES A SIGH OF RELIEF AFTER CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT MAKES SIGNIFICANT DNA EVIDENCE RULING

Posted: April 12, 2018

In November 2004, California voters amended the DNA Act by enacting Proposition 69, the DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime and Innocence Protection Act. That measure significantly enlarged the scope of people subject to DNA collection by providing that a DNA sample would be obtained from every adult arrested for or charged with a felony.

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National Victims Crime Week...Hidden Domestic Violence Victims

Posted: April 11, 2018

National Victims Crime Week...Hidden Domestic Violence Victims Millions of innocent children a year are hidden victims of domestic violence. These young, impressionable minds witness horrendous acts of violence, often against the person from whom they rely on for love, comfort and security.

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A CRIME SURVIVOR'S LIFE SENTENCE

Posted: April 10, 2018

As part of National Victims Crime Week, the El Dorado DA Office will be publishing daily posts designed to bring to light awareness for crime victims and crime survivors.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Kicks Off National Crime Victims Rights Week

Posted: April 09, 2018

Today, April 9, 2018, the District Attorney’s Office kicked off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a Commemoration and Appreciation Ceremony.

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Honey-Oil Distributor Convicted

Posted: April 05, 2018

On February 8, 2018, Michael Ryan Wills, age 30, pled to a violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11360, “Importing and/or Selling Marijuana across State Lines." Wills also pled to Health and Safety Code Section 11379.6, "Manufacturing of Concentrated Cannabis, to wit Butane Honey-Oil."

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Garden Valley Man Convicted of Resisting Arrest

Posted: April 03, 2018

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, after a one day trial, a jury found Norman John Craig guilty of Resisting a Peace Officer, a misdemeanor violation of CA Penal Code section 148(a)(1).

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Domestic Abuser Gets Year In Jail

Posted: April 02, 2018

On April 2, 2018, defendant , Joshua Stewart Holets, age 32, pled "no contest" to felony domestic violence and felony car theft.

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Repeat Offender Caught Again

Posted: March 30, 2018

On May 11, 2018, defendant Richard James Petersen, age 35, will be sentenced to County Prison for up to 7 years, 8 months for fraudulent use of another person's credit and debit cards. Due to the State's "Public Safety Realignment Act" of 2011, that sentence will be served in the County Jail.

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Repeat Domestic Violence Offender Convicted Again

Posted: March 29, 2018

On March 26, 2018, Jeffrey James Tippit, age 39, was sentenced to a year in county jail after entering a "no contest" plea to two separate charges of felony domestic violence.

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"Wild Child" Convicted of Assault

Posted: March 27, 2018

On March 22, 2018, Crystal Dawn Collins, age 30, was sentenced to a year in county jail after entering a plea of "no contest" to felony assault causing serious bodily injury in violation of Penal Code 243(d).

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St. Patrick's Day DUI Checkpoint a Success

Posted: March 22, 2018

On March 17, 2018, CHP-Placerville conducted a DUI checkpoint in Cameron Park, CA. Officers contacted and spoke with nearly 500 drivers during the course of the evening, handed out educational materials, and made one arrest for suspicion of DUI.

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Convicted Felon Continues Life of Crime

Posted: March 22, 2018

On February 23, 2018, Shawn Wayne Jones pled no contest a felony violation of evading an officer with willful disregard for safety, a felony violation of unlawfully driving or taking a vehicle, and a misdemeanor violation of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more.

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Child Molester Sentenced

Posted: March 20, 2018

On March 16, 2018, Judge Daniel B. Proud sentenced defendant Lawrence Leland Luck, age 72, to 6 years in state prison. Luck was convicted of Lewd Acts with a Child by a jury of six women and six men on December 16, 2017. Luck faced a maximum sentence of 8 years.

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District Attorney's Office Participates in Local High School Career Expo

Posted: March 19, 2018

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office was honored to once again participate in the Career Expo held at Union Mine High School. Students from all over the county visited the Expo to gather information about internship opportunities and job shadows from a variety of different employers and career fields.

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Man Convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana on Two Separate Occasions

Posted: March 13, 2018

On March 9, 2018, after a three day jury trial, defendant Blake Evan Prall was found guilty of two counts of Driving while Under the Influence of Marijuana, in violation of Vehicle Code Section 23152(e).

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Deputy DA Jamie Pesce receives inaugural award for excellence

Posted: March 12, 2018

El Dorado County deputy district attorney Jamie Pesce is the real deal, the absolute personification of the All-American, wholesome soul one would hope would be on the side of the people in the fight for justice.

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Man Convicted of Attempted Murder for Shooting Into Vehicle on Highway 50

Posted: March 09, 2018

On March 7, 2018, after a two week trial, a South Lake Tahoe Jury convicted Ignacio Madrigal Arizaga of Attempted Murder; Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle; Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and, Illegal Possession of Ammo by a Convicted Felon.

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DIY Bomb Maker Sentenced to Four Years County Prison

Posted: March 08, 2018

On January 16, 2018, Brian Anton pled guilty to a violation of Penal Code § 18715, “Possession of a Destructive Device in Public.” This case arose out of an incident on August 24, 2017 where the defendant placed a homemade incendiary device in his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle while she was working at the 76 Station on Broadway in Placerville.

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South Lake Tahoe Man Three Times Legal Limit on Electric Bicycle Striking Two Pedestrians Sentenced to Seven Years State Prison

Posted: March 06, 2018

On March 5, 2018, Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury sentenced Patrick Bryan Baker, 42, of South Lake Tahoe to seven years in state prison after Baker pleaded no contest to one felony count of Vehicle Code section 23153(b), driving with a blood alcohol level over .08% causing injury. Baker admitted that the collision caused great bodily injury, and that his blood alcohol level was greater than .20%. Baker’s DUI sentence was enhanced because he has a prior “Strike” stemming from a 2013 conviction for felony criminal threats.

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South Lake Tahoe Man Sentenced for Felony Domestic Violence

Posted: March 05, 2018

On March 5, 2018, defendant Douglas James Best, Jr. pleaded no contest to felony domestic violence causing injury.

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El Dorado County Sheriff's Lieutenant Jeff Dreher, One of the Most Respected Regional Leaders in Law Enforcement, Joins the El Dorado County Distric

Posted: March 02, 2018

Today, District Attorney Chief Investigator Jeff Dreher was sworn in by District Attorney Vern Pierson. His selection to this position occurred after an extensive process to identify the next Chief Investigator. This recruitment effort was led by former Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement Chief John Gaines.

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Breaking the Cycle of Low Level Crime

Posted: March 01, 2018

Over the last few years, the criminal justice system has gone through drastic changes. In order to adapt to these changes, District Attorney’s Offices throughout California are seeking new and different ways to deal with low level offenders so that they can better focus energy and resources on the more serious violent and sexual offenders.

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New Prosecutor Convicts DUI Driver

Posted: February 27, 2018

On February 22, 2018, a jury found defendant Karin Jacqueline Rowe guilty of driving while under the influence of methamphetamine, in violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(f) and Health & Safety Code section 11550(a).

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Knife Wielding Attacker Faces State Prison Sentence

Posted: February 22, 2018

On February 21, 2018, a South Lake Tahoe Jury found Joshua Charles Ingraham guilty of Penal Code §664/192, Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter, and Penal Code §245(a)(1), Assault with a Deadly Weapon, with special findings that Ingraham used a deadly weapon and inflicted great bodily injury during commission of the crimes.

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Jayson Ray Bybee and Tracy Carole Hayden Convicted of Misdemeanor Offenses

Posted: February 15, 2018

On February 8, 2018, jurors rendered guilty verdicts in two cases tried at the El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville. Jayson Ray Bybee was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and Tracy Carole Hayden was convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence.

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In Memoriam: El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Katie Dobler

Posted: February 13, 2018

Today marks the first anniversary of the passing of El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Katie Dobler. Katie was just 35 years old when she passed, but she left a life-long impression on those of us who knew her, worked with her and loved her.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Felony Domestic Violence Conviction of Larry Frank Enyart

Posted: February 12, 2018

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony convictions of Larry Frank Enyart for criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon.

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District Attorney's Office Brings Community Together

Posted: February 09, 2018

District Attorney Vern Pierson would like to thank everyone who attended the District Attorney’s Office Open House last night. We enjoyed meeting so many of you and sharing our innovations in justice, social media outreach, virtual jury view drone technology, Project LEAD, and of course our beautiful new office.

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Narcotics Task Force Takes Guns and Dope Off Street

Posted: February 08, 2018

On August 24, 2017, after a 6 month investigation into drug transactions in the Lake Tahoe Basin, The El Dorado Sheriff's Department Narcotics Task Force executed search warrants at two locations in South Lake Tahoe. Large amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and approximately 12 firearms were seized in the search.

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Local Girl Comes Home To Fight Crime

Posted: February 06, 2018

When Deputy District Attorney Jamie Pesce joined the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor in 2005, she saw it as an opportunity to return home and give back to the community she grew up in, and in which her family still lived.

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Car Thief Who Flees Ends Up Running Into Prison

Posted: February 05, 2018

On January 25, 2018, William Osborne pleaded no contest to a felony violation of evading an officer with willful disregard for safety, a felony violation of unlawfully driving or taking a vehicle, and a misdemeanor violation of driving on a suspended license. Mr. Osborne also admitted that he had a prior strike conviction. He will be sentenced on February 27, 2018 to four years in state prison.

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Career Criminal Jesse Messer Sentenced to 41 Years Prison for Assault with a Firearm

Posted: February 01, 2018

On August 24, 2017, after a three week trial, a jury found Jesse Messer guilty of two felony violations of Assault with a Semi-Automatic Firearm, section 245(b) of the Penal Code; two felony violations of Discharge of a Firearm towards an Occupied Vehicle, section 246 of the Penal Code; two felony violations of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, section 29800 of the Penal Code; and found true two special allegations that Mr. Messer had used a firearm in the commission of these crimes within the meaning of section 12022.5 of the Penal Code.

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Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz Sentenced to 183 Years to Life for Sexual Assault

Posted: January 30, 2018

On January 19, 2018, Judge Kenneth Melikian sentenced Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz to 183 years to life for the brutal June 11, 2015, sexual assault of a 22-year-old Macedonian exchange student in South Lake Tahoe.

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David Andrew Jarrell, the Bandaged Bandit, Sentenced to Seven Years Six Months State Prison for Series of Bank Robberies

Posted: January 29, 2018

On January 22, 2018, serial bank robber David Andrew Jarrell, nicknamed the “Bandaged Bandit,” was sentenced to seven years and six months in state prison as a result of a series of bank robberies in July of 2016.

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After No Contest Plea to Felony Receiving Stolen Property and Vehicle Burlgary, Robert Lamont Groves Sentenced to Two Years

Posted: January 26, 2018

On January 22, 2018, Robert Lamont Groves was sentenced to two years in custody after having pled “no contest” to felony violations of Penal Code sections 496(a), Receiving Stolen Property, and 459/460(b), Vehicle Burglary.

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Michael Allen Hoffer Sentenced to Life in Prison After Conviction of Felony Domestic Violence and Assault with a Firearm Against Sheriff's Deputies

Posted: January 25, 2018

On January 19, 2018, Judge Thomas Smith sentenced Michael Allen Hoffer to 45 years and 4 months, plus a separate and consecutive 25 years to life sentence for crimes he committed on March 16, 2015, at his home on Oakwood Road in Cameron Park.

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Vincent Umberger Sentenced in Felony Domestic Violence Case

Posted: January 23, 2018

On January 22, 2018, Mr. Vincent Umberger was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Daniel Proud to 220 days in county jail and 3 years of formal probation after having pleaded no contest to felony domestic violence.

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Repeat Domestic Violence Offender Sentenced to State Prison

Posted: January 22, 2018

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the sentencing of Shannon Kay Angi to five years and four months in state prison following a jury trial in which she was convicted of four counts of felony domestic violence with a prior conviction and two counts of spousal battery.

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Serial Child Molester Sentenced to Prison

Posted: January 19, 2018

On January 16, 2018, sex offender Alejandro Soto was sentenced to 32 years in state prison after being convicted of committing sex offenses against three minor children over a 5-year period.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Partners With Local Schools and Law Enforcement in Project LEAD

Posted: January 03, 2018

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson is pleased to announce the conclusion of one of the most consequential trials of 2017 in El Dorado County... People v. Tracy Smith, a mock trial conducted entirely by fifth-grade students from Sierra School in Placerville and Blue Oak Elementary in Cameron Park.

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As 2017 comes to an end, a thank you...

Posted: December 28, 2017

As 2017 ends, it is time to pause and thank our community partners on social media and, in particular, the Watch pages. Over this past year, you have consistently helped get the word out regarding fugitives. You have helped identify a significant witness in a vehicular manslaughter case and have assisted identifying leads in cold homicide cases. In short, the members of the Watch pages and the administrators have served as law enforcement’s partner in protecting the community. On behalf of myself, and the entire District Attorney’s Office, thank you.

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El Dorado County DA Joins With Lyft for an Innovative & Groundbreaking Campaign to Keep El Dorado County and the Greater Sacramento Region Safe

Posted: December 14, 2017

Placerville, CA - El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced today that his office is partnering with the ride-share app company Lyft to encourage local residents to use safe rides to reduce impaired driving and help keep El Dorado County safe this holiday season. This groundbreaking effort is the first partnership between a law enforcement agency and a private ride share company in California. This innovative campaign is just the latest part of the District Attorney's Office efforts to combat drunk driving in El Dorado County. Last month, the District Attorney secured a vital Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grant that will fund a vertically integrated anti-DUI task force.

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Car Thief Convicted

Posted: December 12, 2017

On December 7, 2017, Christopher Ryan Wagner pleaded "no contest" to felony charges of evading an officer, auto theft, threatening an officer, and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of methamphetamine. Mr. Wagner was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in state prison by the Honorable Judge Thomas E. Warriner.

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Felony Domestic Violence Conviction for Wesley Aaron Gibson

Posted: December 11, 2017

On December 4, 2017, Wesley Aaron Gibson pleaded no contest to a felony violation of Penal Code § 273.5(a), corporal injury to a spouse resulting in a traumatic condition, as well as a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code § 273a(b), child endangerment, stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred on August 18, 2017.

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Sex Offender Convicted of Indecent Exposure

Posted: December 08, 2017

On December 5, 2017 defendant Gabriel Edward Armenta was sentenced to four years in the State Prison for violating California Penal Code Section 314, Indecent Exposure with a Prior Conviction, having previously been convicted of the same charge. He also admitted a prior Strike Conviction from 2011 for violating California Penal Code Section 245(a)(1), Assault With A Deadly Weapon.

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Jesus Magana Garcia Convicted of Transportation of Heroin for the Purpose of Sale

Posted: December 07, 2017

On December 5, 2017, Jesus Magana Garcia pled “no contest” and was convicted of a felony violation of Health and Safety Code section 11352(a), Transportation of Heroin for the Purpose of Sale, and a misdemeanor violation of Health and Safety Code section 11377(a), Possession of Methamphetamine. The defendant, who is on probation due to prior convictions for possessing an assault rifle and cultivating marijuana, also admitted that he violated the terms and conditions of his probation.

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Registered Sex Offender Michael Wayne Bohannan Sentenced to State Prison

Posted: December 05, 2017

On December 1, 2017, Michael Wayne Bohannan was sentenced to state prison after pleading “no contest” to felony violations of Penal Code sections 290.012(a) and 290.013(b) for failing to register as a sex offender. The defendant is required to register based on two prior convictions for committing lewd and lascivious acts upon children under the age of 14. These prior convictions, which occurred in 1987, mandate lifetime registration as a sex offender.

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Sacramento Woman Sentenced to Two Years State Prison for Felony DUI Charge

Posted: December 04, 2017

On November 30th, 2017, retired Judge Thomas E. Warriner, sitting on assignment in Department 7 in El Dorado County, sentenced Tina Smith, 51, of West Sacramento to two years state prison following a plea deal in which Smith pled no contest to one count of Vehicle Code section 23152(b), driving with a blood alcohol level over .08%, and admitted having a blood alcohol level greater than .15%. Smith’s driving under the influence charge was elevated to a felony charge because she had previously been convicted of a prior felony DUI conviction in which she caused bodily injury to another individual.

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District Attorney Announces Annual Snowball Heroes and Helpers Shopping Event

Posted: December 01, 2017

El Dorado Hills, CA – El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson today announced the 9th Annual edition of the Snowball Heroes and Helpers Shopping Event benefiting at-risk children in El Dorado County will be held this Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Target in El Dorado Hills Town Center from 6:00 am until 9:30 am. This heartwarming event is one of the region’s largest and longest running holiday charity outreach programs, helping many deserving children build positive relationships with first responders.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Conviction of Shannon Kay Angi

Posted: November 30, 2017

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony convictions of Shannon Kay Angi for four counts of corporal injury to a spouse causing a traumatic condition after suffering a prior domestic violence conviction as well as two counts of misdemeanor spousal battery.

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A PAIR OF DOMESTIC ABUSERS SENTENCED

Posted: November 29, 2017

On October 23, 2017, Donovan Anthony Shafer pled no contest to a felony violation of Penal Code § 273.5(f)(1), corporal injury to a spouse with a prior domestic violence conviction, stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred on September 28, 2017.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Felony Carjacking Conviction of Charles Leroy Sinclair

Posted: November 21, 2017

On November 17, 2017, after a three day trial, a jury found Charles Leroy Sinclair guilty of a felony violation of Penal Code section 215, carjacking. Mr. Sinclair’s co-defendant, Penny Ann Casio, was found not guilty by the jury.

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Storage Facility Thieves Plead Guilty

Posted: November 17, 2017

On November 3, 2017, defendants Marqui Fullington and Kenneth Robson pled guilty to receiving stolen property (PC 496(a)). Ms. Fullington also admitted a prior prison term allegation and Mr. Robson admitted three prior strike convictions. Both strikes and prior prison terms serve to increase the maximum sentence. Per the negotiated disposition, the Honorable Kenneth J. Melikian sentenced Ms. Fullington to four years in county jail and Mr. Robson to three years in state prison. Ms. Fullington’s sentence is being served in county jail because of the Realignment Act (Prop 47) which specified that certain types of felony convictions must be served in local jails (rather than state prison) despite the length of the sentence.

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Convicted Drug Dealer Caught Again

Posted: November 17, 2017

On July 19, 2017, Fabio Soto pled guilty to sales of cocaine with one prior. Despite the objections of the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Soto was released pending sentencing so that he could get his affairs in order.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Conviction of Tyson Robert Ward

Posted: November 16, 2017

On November 9, 2017, after a 3-day trial, a jury found 31-year-old Tyson Robert Ward guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol (VC § 23152 (a)), driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more (VC § 23152(b)), and hit & run (VC § 20002(a)). This case marks Ward’s third DUI conviction.

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State Board of Prison Terms Denies Convicted Child Killer Robert Kaser's Request for Parole

Posted: November 14, 2017

On August 17, 1985, Robert Kaser shot his wife and two step-sons with a .45 cal semi-automatic handgun. Ehren, age 14, died from his wounds three days later. Myles, age 12, and his mother, Priscilla, survived.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Serial Child Molester Robert Lee Edmonds Convicted by Jury

Posted: November 09, 2017

On November 8, 2017, after a three-week trial, the jury found Robert Lee Edmonds guilty of sixteen felony offenses. The crimes committed by Robert Lee Edmonds included sex crimes against five different minor children under the age of 14; providing controlled substances to a minor; possession of child pornography, and, criminal threats

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Sexual Assault Convictions for Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz

Posted: November 09, 2017

On November 8, 2017, after a three week trial, a jury found Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz guilty of seven felony counts, including kidnapping for the purpose of committing a sexual assault, as well as six additional counts and numerous special allegations relating to the subsequent sexual assault of the victim.

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El Dorado County District Attorney's Office Awarded Special DUI Prosecution Grant

Posted: November 07, 2017

Those arrested for DUI in El Dorado County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, funded by a $195,677.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The grant to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office will fund a Vertical Prosecution team that will work cases from arrest through conviction and sentencing.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Conviction of Daniel Ramirez Rios

Posted: November 06, 2017

On November 1, 2017, after a two-day jury trial, Daniel Ramirez Rios, age 43, was found guilty of six counts of violating a domestic violence restraining order and one count of intentionally distributing the images of the intimate body parts of another person – also known as “revenge porn.” Mr. Rios was remanded into custody after the jury’s verdict was announced.

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Todd Christian Robben Sentenced to 7 Years in State Prison for Threatening Public Officials

Posted: October 31, 2017

On October 27, 2017, Todd Christian Robben was sentenced to serve 7 years in state prison for threats targeting public officials in El Dorado County.

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Jury Convicts El Dorado Hills Man of Felony Child Endangerment and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol For Driving Recklessly and Impaired

Posted: October 30, 2017

On October 27th, an El Dorado County jury found Scott Thomas Banks, 42, of El Dorado Hills, guilty of Felony Child Endangerment and Felony Driving Under the Influence charges in Department 1 of the El Dorado County Superior Court.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Conviction of Raymond Lloyd Brassfield

Posted: October 26, 2017

On October 23, 2017, Brassfield admitted guilt to a felony violation of California Vehicle Code §2800.3; evading an officer causing injury. In addition, he admitted to a prior strike conviction and to serving two separate prison terms. Brassfield will be sentenced to 12 years in a state prison and will be responsible for paying restitution to the victim of the crash; the sentencing is scheduled for November 20, 2017. Under the guidelines of Proposition 57 passed by the voters in November, 2016, Brassfield will be eligible to be released after serving 5 years. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Casey Mandrell.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Felony Conviction of Jared Benjamin Hamm

Posted: October 24, 2017

On September 18, 2017, Jared Benjamin Hamm pleaded no contest to a felony violation of Penal Code § 273.5(a), corporal injury to a spouse resulting in a traumatic condition, and admitted a violation of probation stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred on July 16, 2017.

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Big City Prosecutor Comes Home to Fight Sexual Predators

Posted: October 23, 2017

El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder has been a prosecutor for over 22 years, but the passion and drive to give back to her community formed at any early age. Growing up in Sacramento as part of a law enforcement family, Ms. Suder always knew she wanted to be a prosecutor. As a child, she sat with her grandmother, a CHP employee, and listened to a police scanner, hoping to hear her uncle, a Sacramento Deputy Sherriff, on air. When she went to college, Ms. Suder founded the Woman’s Pre-Law Society at UC Riverside and volunteered at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. While volunteering, Ms. Suder further recognized the positive impact prosecutors can have on a community by helping victims of crime.

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Rental Scam Warning

Posted: October 20, 2017

El Dorado County is a vacation destination with its beautiful lakes and rivers, award winning wineries, Apple Hill and year-round fun in South Lake Tahoe. However, scammers have found a way to commit fraud and ruin your vacation.

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EL DORADO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY VERN PIERSON ANNOUNCES FELONY CONVICTION OF JERROLD JAY HOWE

Posted: October 20, 2017

On October 17, 2017, after a four day trial, a jury made up of six women and six men found Jerrold Jay Howe guilty of felony violations of Penal Code section 18720, Possession of Substances and Materials with the Intent to Make an Explosive or Destructive Device, and Health and Safety Code section 12305, Possession of an Explosive. The jury also found the defendant guilty of a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 148(a)(1), Resisting, Delaying, or Obstructing Peace Officers.

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El Dorado County District Attorney's Office Strengthens Family Protection Unit

Posted: October 19, 2017

Since the recent passage of many soft on crime laws like Propositions 47 and 57, California has seen a troubling trend of an increase in violent crimes. This disturbing surge in violent crimes has seen a dramatic increase in domestic violence homicides across the Sacramento Region. We are now seeing far too many horrific cases like the Yolo County homicide where a man is alleged to have killed his 3 young children with a belt and attempted to kill his wife, and the recent October 4th murder of 28 year old Jessica Lyn Ball who was shot and killed by her fiancé in Shingle Springs. Sadly, since January of this year, there have been 14 domestic violence related homicides in Sacramento County, and 7 domestic violence related homicides in El Dorado County.

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Working Together to Stop Domestic Violence

Posted: October 16, 2017

We are very proud of Matt Huckabay and everyone at the Center for Violence Free Relationships and the work we do together to stop domestic violence.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Announces Capture of Fugitive on Northern California Most Wanted List

Posted: October 12, 2017

After spending nearly 5 years as a fugitive, on Monday, October 9th, 2017, Javed Noori returned to El Dorado County to face charges of assault with a deadly weapon, PC 245(a)(1), including two special allegations for inflicting great bodily injury and for a prior strike for very similar conduct. During this time as a fugitive, Mr. Noori appeared on the federal government’s Northern California Most Wanted List.

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People v. Bryan Everett Cooke

Posted: October 09, 2017

On October 2, 2017, Bryan Everett Cooke was sentenced to six years and four months in state prison for violating Penal Code § 647.6(c)(2), felony annoying or molesting a child with a prior, and for failing to register as a sex offender in violation of Penal Code § 290.013.

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Sentencing of Nicholas Coldren Blizzard

Posted: October 06, 2017

Nicholas Coldren Blizzard pleaded no contest multiple counts occurring over several dates.

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CHILD MOLESTER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS TO LIFE

Posted: October 05, 2017

On September 18, 2017, Jacob Mitchel Malone was sentenced to 15 years to life for digitally penetrating a four year old girl while she attempted to sleep in her bed room.

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EL DORADO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY VERN PIERSON ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF KIEFFIER LEVIBLUE STACEY

Posted: September 29, 2017

On September 27, 2017, Kieffier Leviblue Stacey was convicted by a jury of spousal battery in violation of Penal Code section 243(e)(1), a misdemeanor. The conviction stems from an incident on February 15, 2017. At trial evidence was presented that there was an argument between the defendant and the victim, where the victim was pushed to the ground, put in a headlock, and choked. As is unfortunately common with domestic violence cases, the victim later recanted her story to the police. This case and other Domestic Violence cases at the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office are partially funded by the Domestic Violence Grant through the Office of Emergency Services. The DV grant currently pays for a DA Investigator and a domestic violence victim/witness advocate from The Center for Violence Free Relationships

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EL DORADO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY VERN PIERSON ANNOUNCES FELONY CONVICTION OF TODD CHRISTIAN ROBBEN

Posted: September 26, 2017

On September 25th, 2017, a jury made up of six women and six men found Todd Christian Robben guilty of eight felony charges involving threats and attempted threats targeted at a number of public officials including Superior Court Judges in El Dorado County. In addition to three El Dorado County Superior Court Judges, the defendant's victims also included a Lt. from the South Lake Tahoe Police Deparment, an Investigator from the State Bar, the City Attorney from the City of South Lake Tahoe, and a local attorney who represented the defendant on a misdemeanor appeal.

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Concerned about your kid's safety online?

Posted: September 22, 2017

Please join us for a workshop geared towards parents and teens on social media safety.

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SUCCESSFUL 2017 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Posted: September 21, 2017

This year's Internship Program in the District Attorney's Office was a huge success! The interns were comprised of both college students and seniors in high school.

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FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTION OF SCOTT LOUIS CAMPBELL

Posted: September 18, 2017

Scott Louis Campbell pleaded no contest to felony violations of corporal injury to a spouse resulting in a traumatic condition, and assault with a firearm.

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LOOK CLOSE - DO YOU RECOGNIZE THESE TWO? IF YOU DO, YOU COULD HELP US CATCH THESE SUSPECTED FELONS

Posted: September 15, 2017

Single mother of two was victimized as her car window was smashed and her purse stolen in Cameron Park . This all took place in just minutes while she was in a daycare facility picking her children up after work

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People v. Bill Gene Cowan | S17CRM0348

Posted: September 14, 2017

On September 14, 2017, in an open plea to the court Bill Gene Cowan pled to misdemeanor counts of Penal Code § 459, second degree burglary, Penal Code § 470(d), passing a counterfeit bank note, Penal Code § 476 forgery relating to a bill, and Penal Code § 135, destruction of evidence. Cowan was denied probation and sentenced to 364 days in the El Dorado County Jail.

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Felony elder abuse conviction of Charles Christian Tewu

Posted: September 12, 2017

On September 6, 2017, after a four-day jury trial, Charles Christian Tewu was found guilty of felony elder abuse, felony forgery, felony identity theft, as well as misdemeanor elder abuse.

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DA Vern Pierson's editorial in Sunday's Bee, how the false narrative "hands up don't shoot" led first to a bad law and ultimately a good compromise

Posted: September 09, 2017

Two years ago, with much fanfare, Senate Bill 227 became law, banning the use of grand juries in officer-involved shooting cases. This misguided legislation was passed in part due to the widely disseminated narrative that Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer while trying to surrender and shouting, “Hands up don’t shoot.”

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Interview by Fox40

Posted: July 10, 2017

I was just interviewed by Fox40 about my strong opposition to Senate Bill 54, the “Sanctuary State” bill that is working its way through the Legislature.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Four First Degree Murder Convictions in Murder of Pete Carl Thomas

Posted: July 07, 2017

On July 6th, 2017, a jury made up of eight women and four men found Nalana Nicole Omega guilty of first degree felony murder in connection to the death of Pete Carl Thomas.

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DA Final Report Officer Involved Shooting Kris Michael Jackson

Posted: June 22, 2017

District Attorney's Office Final Report pertaining to the officer involved shooting of Kris Michael Jackson.

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In the El Dorado County Courts

Posted: June 12, 2017

The following cases were recently adjudicated in the El Dorado County Superior Courts:

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Releases New Surveillance Footage in Cold Case Homicide of Manpreet Singh

Posted: June 12, 2017

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and Homicide Investigators with the El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force are seeking the assistance of the public in solving the 2013 unsolved cold case homicide of Manpreet Singh of South Lake Tahoe.

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Another Successful Year Of Project Lead

Posted: June 07, 2017

Local law enforcement teamed up with Sierra School in Placerville and Blue Oak Elementary School in Cameron Park for another successful round of Project LEAD — an innovative approach to crime prevention that teaches children that the choices they make today can affect their lives forever.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Felony Conviction for Michael Wilson

Posted: April 20, 2017

On April 20, 2017, Michael Wilson, 39, was sentenced to 12 years state prison after pleading no contest to three counts of presenting false evidence to a judge.

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Plans for Observing National Crime Victims' Rights Week - April 2 - 8, 2017

Posted: March 17, 2017

The El Dorado County District Attorney has announced plans for observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 2-8. The event is sponsored by the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s ...

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District Attorney, Lyft Join Forces to Promote St. Patrick's Day Weekend Safe Rides

Posted: March 16, 2017

Placerville, CA - El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced today that his office is partnering with the ride-share app company Lyft to encourage local residents to use safe rides to reduce impaired driving and help keep El Dorado County safe during this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. This groundbreaking effort continues the first partnership between a law enforcement agency and a private ride share company in California.

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In Memory of Deputy District Attorney Katie Dobler

Posted: February 17, 2017

In memory of Deputy District Attorney Katie Dobler, in lieu of flowers, please help us support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a cause that was so close to her heart - finding a cure for blood cancers...

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Vern Pierson Regrettably and Sadly Announces the Passing of El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Katie Dobler

Posted: February 14, 2017

El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney, Katie Dobler, passed away early Monday morning, February 13, 2017. She was 35 years old. The People of the State of California, the residents of El Dorado County, and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office have lost a passionate and relentless advocate for justice...

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces The Conviction Of Sex Offender Bradley Scalise

Posted: February 07, 2017

On February 2, 2017, an El Dorado County jury convicted thirty-six year old Bradley Scalise of 16 felony counts of various sex acts against two minor children. The sentencing is scheduled for March 10, 2017, in El Dorado County Superior Court, Department 2 where Scalise will be facing over 160 years-to-life in prison...

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces the Felony Conviction of Serial Identity Theft Defendants Aman Izatt and Jarrod Izatt to 24

Posted: February 02, 2017

On January 27, 2017, San Joaquin County residents Aman Izatt, 30, and Jarrod Izatt, 35 were convicted of thirty-eight counts in an identity theft case and have been sentenced to over twentyfour years prison by the Honorable Judge James Wagoner in the El Dorado County Superior Court...

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El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces The 3rd District Court of Appeal Ruling Finding that District Attorney’s Offices Are Not Bar

Posted: January 11, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that District Attorney’s Offices throughout California are not barred from using the grand jury to investigate officer involved shootings. This ruling found that Senate Bill 227, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in August 2015, was unconstitutional. The Court noted that, "The Legislature does not have the power to enact a statute that limits the constitutional power of a criminal grand jury...

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Eric Lee Hatfield Convicted for 23 Counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the Age of 14

Posted: November 21, 2016

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony conviction of 39 year old ERIC LEE HATFIELD for 11 felony counts of Forcible Penetration of a Person under the Age of 14 years and 12 felony counts of Forcible Oral Copulation of a Person under the age of 14 years...

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Puppy Broker Sentenced in Felony Animal Cruelty Case

Posted: November 21, 2016

Placerville, CA. - Ginger Turk, 46, formerly of El Dorado Hills, was sentenced on November 18, 2016, in El Dorado County Superior Court by Judge Ginger TurkKenneth Mellikian for felony animal cruelty, operating without a license and eleven other counts related to her sale of puppies imported from South Korea. Turk, a puppy broker, imported tiny...

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Felony Conviction of Matthew Gray Evans for Assault With A Deadly Weapon

Posted: October 07, 2016

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the conviction of Matthew Gray Evans for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Petty Theft after he was found guilty by a South Lake Tahoe jury on Tuesday October 4, 2016. The jury comprised of eight men and four women, heard evidence and argument over the course of four days...

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Felony Conviction of Robert Anthony Roser for Child Abuse Likely to Produce Great Bodily Harm or Death

Posted: October 03, 2016

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony conviction of Robert Anthony Roser for Child Abuse Likely to Produce Great Bodily Harm or Death...

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Beware of Internet Predators - PSA from El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson

Posted: September 16, 2016

In an attempt to combat and bring awareness to cyber sexual predators, scam artists and bullying, District Attorney Vern Pierson has produced this webisode on how to protect you and your loved ones...

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El Dorado County AVOID The 6 DUI Campaign Weekend - Final Report

Posted: September 07, 2016

This past Labor Day holiday period, the Avoid the 6 partnered with law enforcement statewide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign. From August 19-September 5, local police, sheriff and CHP showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting 55 offenders for the deadly crime...

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Child Abduction Suspect Arrested In Mexico

Posted: September 06, 2016

On September 1, 2016, after a two week-long intense investigation, Scott Selger was arrested in the Rosarito Beach area of Mexico by the Baja California State Preventive Police for abducting his two 9 year old children. This arrest was the result of a closely coordinated and cooperative effort with the Baja California (Mexico) State Preventive Police...

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Felony Conviction of Brett Reid for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Posted: August 29, 2016

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony conviction of Brett Reid for assault with a deadly weapon as well as a special allegation that he personally inflicted great bodily injury during the assault...

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Local Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Successful OTS DUI Warrant Sweep

Posted: August 29, 2016

On Friday, August 26, 2016, a coordinated Office of Traffic Safety warrant sweep involving the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the El Dorado County Probation Department, and the Placerville Police Department resulted in the arrest of four subjects wanted on warrants for driving under the influence...

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District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Misdemeanor Conviction of Evan Michael Lyons for Resisting An Executive Officer and Battery Upon An Officer

Posted: August 26, 2016

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the misdemeanor conviction of Evan Michael Lyons for Resisting an Executive Officer and of Battery Upon an Officer...

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District Attorney's Office Vertical Prosecution Unit Fights to Prevent Lethal Drunk Driving in El Dorado County

Posted: August 19, 2016

Although El Dorado County is relatively small, at 181,737 people according to the latest census number, we have a very large number of people that come to our county as visitors and tourists. During summer, and quite drastically in the winter, we have an influx of tourists to South Lake Tahoe for the ski resorts, New Year’s Eve events, and multiple casinos just over the state line. Our county also has seasonal visitors to the El Dorado County wine country, gold country historic sites, and to the Apple Hill region...

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Roy Roth Pleads Guilty To The Second Degree Murder Of His Wife, Deborah Roth

Posted: August 02, 2016

District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the conviction of Roy Allen Roth for the March 31, 2015, murder of his wife, Deborah Anne Roth. On August 1, 2016, the defendant entered a plea of guilty to second degree murder and read a statement regarding the circumstances of the murder in front of a courtroom filled with the friends and family of Deborah Roth...

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Remembering A Hero: 9 Years Ago CHP Officer Douglas Scott Russell Murdered

Posted: August 01, 2016

On July 31, 2007, 46 year old California Highway Patrol Officer Douglas Scott Russell was struck and killed while deploying spike strips in an attempt to stop defendant, David Charles Zanon, who was involved in a high speed pursuit on Highway 50...

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Attention Firearm Owners Receive A Reward And Help Solve The 1986 Murder of Halley Wing

Posted: July 27, 2016

The Wing's family is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer, and $5,000 if you have one of the items listed in this press release and turn it over to investigators for confirmation...

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