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.
The charge arose out of an August 11, 2017, incident that
occurred between the victim and his wife.
Ultimately, Deputy Sheriffs from El Dorado County were called out to the
property and the wife was taken to jail.
A silver BMW convertible that the couple jointly owned was left at the
While the wife was in jail her mother, Ms. Casio, decided to gather a group of four people to take the BMW from the victim. One of these four people was Mr. Sinclair. On August 13, 2017, the group drove to the victim's property and happened to arrive at approximately the same time as the victim. The victim was driving the BMW, and the group began tailgating him. They followed the victim down a dirt road to a dead end. Mr. Sinclair and Ms. Casio got out of their car and began yelling at the victim. Before the victim could do anything, he was hit in the face by Mr. Sinclair and sustained an injury to his lower lip. When the victim got out of the car to defend himself against Mr. Sinclair, Ms. Casio entered the BMW and got into the driver's seat. The group of four left the property while the victim was still recovering from his injury.
The case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. Deputy District Attorney Brett Swenson represented the People at trial, the Honorable Judge Kenneth Melikian presiding. Mr. Sinclair faces a maximum of 11 years in state prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 19, 2018.