Vote NO On Prop 57: Early Prison Release – X,Y&Z

A three-judge panel orders the state to cap its prison population at 137.5% of capacity, calls for release of nearly 43,000 inmates in two years to conform to constitutional standards. The order is ultimately put on hold pending appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. In August 2009, a federal 3-judge panel ordered California to cap its prison population at 137.5% of capacity by releasing nearly 43,000 inmates. That threshold was met in January 2015, when the state reported that the institutional population had been reduced to 113,463 inmates.
 
Much of the credit for that record reduction has been directed to 2011’s Public Safety Realignment legislation, and Proposition 47 which was affirmed by voters in 2014. Public Safety Realignment transferred responsibility for supervising certain kinds of felony offenders and state prison parolees from state prisons and state parole agents to county jails and probation officers. Proposition 47 reduced certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors.
 
Starting January 1, 2015, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) began a new early parole determination process, evaluating “nonviolent second-strikers” for parole once they have served only 50 percent of their sentence or are within 12 months of having served 50 percent of their actual sentence. The following fake “non-violent” offenders were released under this program.
 
This begs the question: Who is left to release under Proposition 57 if it passes in November? The answer is not pretty.
 
Yeng XiongXiong, Yeng: Xiong is a self-admitted member of a criminal street gang who has previously committed a violent felony – a well-planned armed take-over bank robbery – with his fellow gang members in 2008. Despite being on parole for that armed bank robbery, Xiong absconded in 2013, and when located by parole agents, was found to be in possession of a semi-automatic handgun as well as MDMA.  Such conduct demonstrates not just an extreme risk to public safety, but shows that Xiong has no interest in complying with the rules and regulations of parole or in becoming a productive, law-abiding member of society. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Travis Coleman YorkYork, Travis Coleman: York has a history of serious felony convictions, including vehicle theft, larceny from a person, weapons possession, and first degree burglary. Furthermore, in the incident that led to his most recent incarceration, York while committing yet another first degree burglary, attempted to punch the homeowner who chased him from the home. A search of the trunk of the vehicle York used to get to the burglary, revealed a loaded shotgun. When York was arrested on the felony burglary warrant, he resisted arrest and was found in the possession of a weapon along with indicia of drug sales. His behavior in prison is less than exemplary as well.  A review of York’s criminal history reveals a history of disciplinary actions involving serious violations, including; refusing to undergo drug testing in November of 2013, possession of a cellular phone and charger in November of 2013, and falsification of prison documents in October of 2014. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Charles James YoungYoung, Charles James: In January 2002, Young was convicted of misdemeanor assault and was placed on informal probation. Less than 2-months later Young was convicted of felony possession of narcotics for sale. He violated his probation in September 2005, after receiving another conviction for possession of narcotics for sale.   Young was found in violation of his probation in January 2008, July 2008, and March 2009.  In July 2011, he was arrested for residential burglary of an ex­ girlfriend’s house. The victim reported that he broke into her house and stole her property. She further stated that she was fearful of the, as he is a G-Mobb gang member who had previously threatened her and her family. Young was convicted of residential burglary and received two years in prison and paroled in November 2012. On October 29, 2013 Young was the passenger in a car being driven by another gang member, which was involved in a short police pursuit.  At the end of the chase Young foot bailed from the car, dropping a loaded Tec-9 handgun on the ground. After his arrest, he acknowledged that he was a G-Mobb gang member. At the time of this offense Young was also a parolee at large. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Daniel Jerome YoungYoung, Daniel Jerome: Young has made a career of victimizing others.  He has been a menace to the community since the age of 19 when he began committing misdemeanor burglaries.  From 1984 until the present, Young has committed a vast array of crimes that include: burglary (numerous), grand theft person, petty theft with a prior, narcotics possession,  assault with a knife (two separate occasions) , check fraud, trespassing, vandalism (numerous), and possession of a knife. Young has spent a large portion of his adult life in and out of both County Jail and Prison because of his many arrests and subsequent convictions. Young has proven time and again that he will not change his behavior and become a productive member of society. Young has picked up either a substantive offense or violated his parole in the following years: 1984, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2015. Young was in and out of prison from 1994 until his discharge in 2000 and again from 2011 until 2013. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Anthony ZamarronZamarron, Anthony: In April 2008, Zamarran identified himself as a gang member and then proceeded to smash a glass bottle over the victims head causing him to lose consciousness. Zamarran immediately began choking his unconscious victim. When the victim’s female friend attempted to intervene and stop the attack, Zamarran began striking her in the face and head. Zamarran was sentenced to two years in prison for this brutal assault—which he would not fully serve. In the early morning hours of September 18th, 2009, Zamarron and a friend knocked on the door of an acquaintance with whom they had been doing cocaine in the preceding hours. The unsuspecting victim answered the door under the impression that Zamarron had forgotten a cell phone inside his residence. However, once the door was opened, the two men rushed the victim, bound him with duct tape, and demanded he give them $6,000 that they knew he had in his possession.  Since he was unwilling to surrender the money, Zamarron grabbed a hammer and began striking the helpless man in the back and head. Fortunately for the victim, he was able to reach into his back pocket and dial 9-1-1, allowing the emergency operator to hear the ordeal as it occurred. Officers arrived and the victim was saved from any more serious injury than had already been inflicted. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 

Dirty Rotton Liars and the Death Penalty

graphicThe other day I stepped into the lion’s den to debate the death penalty at UC Berkeley. My opponent was Aundre Herron, an appeals lawyer with Death Penalty Focus. Prior to the debate we had a fruitful discussion about the need for expanded prevention funding for at risk youth. She was a nice lady and I told her that she was making it difficult for me to debate with the passion that I like to bring to the subject. She agreed. We were both wrong.
 
Ms. Herron launched right into the same tired arguments that are being parroted by “abolitionists” who are supporting Proposition 62. If passed it will replace the death penalty with a sentence of “true life”. Abolitionists proudly point to a list of 156-innocent death row inmates have been exonerated since 1973. That is totally misleading! They bemoan the fact that numerous innocent people have been executed, when they haven’t. They say that states that do not have the death penalty have the lowest murder rates. Just don’t tell that to Chicago, Ill, Detroit, MI or Baltimore, MD: three of America’s murder capitals in states that don’t have the death penalty. They say that California has invested $5-billion in the execution of 13-men, which is simplistic and misleading. They do all of this wrapped in a cloak of moral superiority.
 
I was ready. I told the students that if they logged onto the KlaasKids Foundation website they would find 26-empirical studies that clearly demonstrate that when executions in the USA increase, murders decrease, and when executions decrease, murders increase. She countered that each was imperfect, because all of them were biased; therefore there was no evidence of deterrence. However, if lack of perfection is a synonym for flawed, all empirical research will always be flawed, because perfection can never be achieved and bias cannot be erased. One indisputable fact remains: there is a simple but dramatic relationship between the number of executions carried out and a corresponding reduction in the number of murders the following year.
 
There is no evidence that the state of California has ever executed an innocent person. Governor Jerry Brown, who served a term as California Attorney General and is personally opposed to the death penalty, has said: “I think people have gotten exquisite due process in the state of California. It goes on for 20 or 25 years and to think that they’ve missed anything like they have in some other states; I have not seen any evidence of it. None. I know people say, ‘Oh, there have been all these innocent people,’ Well, I have not seen one name on death row that’s been told to me.”
 
Ms. Herron said that California has spent $5-billion to execute 13-death row inmates. This is categorically untrue. You can learn the truth by reading Politifact’s analysis.
 
She said that sloppy police work, aggressive prosecution, and blood thirsty judges were responsible for wrongfully convicting California death row inmates. If she really thinks that vilifying the good guys somehow strengthens her argument, then I believe her confidence is misplaced.
 
Finally, she concluded by saying, “The death penalty is a failed public policy that masquerades as justice and instead commits more violence in response to violence. It is like trying to extinguish fire with more fire. Every time the state kills someone it diminishes us.”
 
That somebody with a minority opinion can be so certain of her moral superiority requires further examination. Abolitionists can look into the eyes of a death row inmate, hear his pitiful story, work tirelessly to set aside the execution and, with that goal accomplished, feel good about themselves for having ‘saved a life.’ After all, isn’t saving a life the moral high ground? However, if the death penalty were found to have a deterrent effect and each convicted criminal spared would cost 8-innocent lives, anyone who had been involved in the process of saving the life of a convicted murderer would therefore have been complicit in the mass murder of innocent victims. The thought of being an unwitting accomplice to mass murder is too horrific for a good person to contemplate, therefore, for the sake of a death penalty opponent’s own psychological well-being, the evidence must be denied.
 

Missing in America: Case Closed!

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With all of the bad press that has befallen them recently, it’s befitting that good news has emerged from law enforcement quarters. Within the course of one week investigators resolved three historical and high profile missing child cases. Collectively, Jacob Wetterling, Laura Smither, and Brittanee Drexel were missing for more than 53-years. Unfortunately, none of the cases ended the way their families had hoped, but at least now they are secure in the knowledge that no-one is harming their children.

Jacob Wetterling

Jacob Wetterling

 

When Polly was still missing after 2-months I felt like I was losing my mind. Fear and anger dominated my waking hours, and nightmarish visions overwhelmed my fitful sleep. Hope became tenuous, like a taut rubber band waiting to snap. So, I can only imagine the emotional crescendo’s overwhelming Brittanee, Laura, and Jacob’s families. Of course, they are relieved to finally know the truth, and to have the answers that have eluded them these many years. However, they are also profoundly saddened by the knowledge that their children are dead. Coming to terms with their new reality will be difficult, but ultimately it will be worthwhile.

 

Laura Smither

Laura Smither

I believe that it’s always better to know the truth, rather than to be left grappling in the darkness of doubt. Learning that your child is dead is a harsh reality, but I believe that it is better than the false hope and unanswered questions that accompanies years or decades of not knowing. On Tuesday, September 6, at a press conference following the killer’s confession Jacob’s mother Patty said, “For us, Jacob was alive until we found him. We need to heal”.

Brittanee Drexel

Brittanee Drexel

Brittanee, Laura, and Jacob were all victims of unimaginable horror. The FBI developed information that 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel was kidnapped, gang-raped, tortured, murdered and that her remains were fed to the alligators that populate the South Carolina coast. On Thursday, September 1, a Galveston, TX grand jury handed down murder indictments against alleged serial killer William Reece after he led them to the remains of 12-year-old Laura Smither of Friendswood, Texas who he kidnapped, raped and murdered in 1997. Of course, Jacob’s killer, who remained in the community, has always been a person of interest in his case. It was only after an intrepid investigation finally put the pieces together that the authorities were able to elicit a confession in a plea deal that allows him to escape legal responsibility for the evil crimes he committed against 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling.
 
On a given day in the United States as many as 33,000 children are missing according to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. Think of emotions that must be surging through the families of the missing. Of course, they now know that just because a case becomes historical doesn’t mean that it has gone cold. Evolved investigative techniques and technology are shining a new light on missing child cases that are decades old and all of those families exist in the same gray area that imprisoned the families of Brittanee, Laura, and Jacob for all of these years. They all want answers, whether the kids are dead or alive. They need to know that their children are finally free from harm and exploitation.
 

Vote NO On Prop 57: Early Prison Release – W

If you think that the following are violent crimes then you need to vote NO on Proposition 57:

  • Assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Taking a hostage
  • Any felony in which a defendant personally uses a dangerous or deadly weapon, or personally uses a firearm, or personally inflicts great bodily injury
  • Hit and run resulting in death or permanent, serious injury
     
    Glenn Allen WarrenWarren, Glenn Allen: A review of Warren’s criminal history reveals a pattern of criminal conduct and a propensity for crime dating back to 1983. Less than one year after receiving diversion for a drug offense, he was convicted of his first strike offense, residential burglary. Originally sentenced to probation, he ultimately received 16 months state prison in 1987, after he committed two additional separate residential burglaries, one in which officers confronted him at the victim’s residence.  Fortunately it was law enforcement and not the victim who found him in the house. Since 1983, Warren’s antisocial behavior has not only increased in severity but also in callousness. Most strikingly, Warren has not been discharged from parole since his first commitment in 1987. Warren’s pattern for committing serious offenses is precisely the reason he continues to pose an unreasonable danger to society. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
     
    Christopher WattsWatts, Christopher: On October 15, 2007, officers responded to a 911 call where they could hear a male voice in the background threatening to kill a woman in the apartment. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim. The defendant initially refused to exit the house but ultimately complied. The victim’s three children were then removed from the house. The victim informed law enforcement that over the course of the last day, Watts became upset with her and initially threatened her with a knife. As they argued, the defendant bit her arm. The victim went to sleep but the defendant woke her up in the middle of the night with a gun in his hand and told her, “You think you’re gonna leave.  It’s not that easy. I’ll kill you and the kids, and myself before I let you leave.” The victim tried to run down the stairs but the defendant put the gun to her neck and told her to stop crying or he would kill her. She hit him and the magazine fell out of the gun and she was able to get away. The defendant then proceeded to grab a knife and threatened to kill her yet again. Officers searched the house and located a 9mm handgun, 20 grams of rock cocaine, a digital scale, some cash and two cell phones. Watts also had a video of a domestic  violence murder – a husband getting mad with his wife and walking up to her and shooting her in the back of the head several times. The victim told officers the defendant watched it frequently and made the victim watch it to intimidate her. Unfortunately, he is no stranger to the use of firearms or serious criminal endeavors. He was convicted of Armed Robbery on January 27, 1998 in Illinois and received an eight year and six month sentence. That case involved the defendant and another subject putting on masks and robbing a gas station convenience store at gun point. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
     
    Auntonio L. WhitneyWhitney, Auntonio L.: On March 11, 2013, Whitney was convicted of committing a residential burglary. He broke into his victim’s home through a bedroom window and stole their property. He was identified through fingerprints. On April 11, 2013, officers were doing fare check on Lite Rail in Sacramento. The inmate did not have a ticket and appeared nervous so the officer checked him for weapons. Concealed in his waistband, the officer found a semi-automatic Starr 9 mm handgun with 6 bullets in the magazine, one in the chamber, the hammer cocked and the safety on. He was convicted of being a felony in possession of a handgun. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
     
    Gregory WilliamsWilliams, Gregory: In 2008 Williams walked into a Bank of America branch, reached for his waistband and told the teller, “This is a fucking robbery, give me all your money or I am going to start shooting people”. Fortunately for the victim in this case, Williams did not actually have a gun and she was protected by bullet proof glass. This case represented Williams’s eighth robbery conviction. The prior robbery convictions did involve a real firearm and William’s was sentenced to twenty years in state prison for a series of robberies. Williams’ prior robberies were conducted at businesses where multiple victims were present. Williams’ typically pointed the firearm at each of them demanding money. He required them to lay on the ground while yelling profanities and waiving a gun in their faces. It should also be noted that while incarcerated, William’s continued to show violent behavior. He received an additional two years onto his already lengthy sentence for assaulting another inmate. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
     
    Clinton Ray WindomWindom, Clinton Ray: In 1976, Windom was convicted of felony possession of controlled substance. In 1977, two more felony convictions followed for sale/transport of controlled substances, as well as a misdemeanor conviction for appropriation of lost property. In 1983, he was convicted of misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon on his person. During 1983-84, Windom was arrested for: sale/transport of controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, false imprisonment, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, robbery and conspiracy. While Windom was not convicted of these charges, in 1986, he was convicted of a violation of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and sentenced to two years in state prison, in conjunction with a [“strike”] conviction of felony assault with a deadly weapon. After being paroled in 1988, Windom was sent back for a parole violation. Paroled in 1989, Windom, was arrested on several occasions in 1990, then violated and sent back to prison on a parole violation. After other arrests and parole violations in 1991 through 1994, Windom went back to prison in 1994 on his latest convictions for his two passions in life: drug sales/possession, and illegal possession of firearms. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release

Vote NO On Prop 57: Early Prison Release – T & V

Here we go again: more “fake” non-violent offenders who have earned early prison release. One is a non-repentant child abuser and one a killer.
 
Jaime TapiaTapia, Jaime: A review of Tapia’s criminal history shows that his propensity for crime began in 2008 when he was convicted of misdemeanor vehicle theft, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Tapia continued with his thieving ways into 2009 when he was convicted of grand theft auto, this time as a felony. Later on in 2009 Tapia was again convicted of receiving stolen property. Tapia ‘s criminal behavior escalated to violence in 2011 when he was convicted of  carjacking, his first felony strike offense. That felony strike conviction did not at all slow Tapia down. Rather, while on probation for the strike offense, Tapia was convicted of receiving stolen property in 2012 and felony vehicle theft, later that same year. In that case Tapia stole a car from his ex-girlfriend. Tapia and his ex-girlfriend were arguing and Tapia got physical with her. Tapia hit her and slapped her in the face, threw her down on the ground and got on top of her and choked her with his hands. As Tapia had his hands around his ex-girlfriend’s neck he told her she would be better off dead.  Tapia ‘s ex-girlfriend was able to escape, but when she came back to her apartment a short time later she realized her car was gone and Tapia had taken it. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Doua ThaoThao, Doua: Thao’s criminal pattern began at age 21 and has continued to increase in severity and frequency until the present day. Over the past 10 years, Thao has committed crimes of violence against his family members, crimes against law enforcement and several theft crimes with multiple victims. A review of the police and probation reports for the crimes in which Thao has been convicted clearly indicates inmate Thao received opportunities of leniency that he squandered time and time again. Even when supervised Thao will continue to engage in criminal behavior. In fact, Thao has never successfully completed any grant of misdemeanor or felony probation or even parole without committing a new offense. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Martece ThomasThomas, Martece: Thomas has proven himself incapable of respecting the law. In 2012 Thomas began a two year sentence after committing burglary. In this instance, Thomas broke into a residential home through a wooden fence, smashed a garage window and broke the lock on the interior door. Inside, Thomas stole three televisions, searched dresser drawers in the master bedroom, and stole a jewelry box leaving his fingerprints throughout the home. After this sentence, Thomas was released and back to business as usual. By February, he was caught on CCTV breaking into the victim’s home and stealing three decorative swords. This offense earned Inmate Thomas a four year prison sentence. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Bobby Ray TimmonsTimmons, Bobby Ray: In 2008, Timmons entered a Bank of America and attempted to cash a check he knew to be fraudulent.  An alert bank teller recognized immediately the check was a fake and notified his manager who called the police.   Timmons left the bank immediately and moments later, was apprehended by the Sacramento Sheriff s Department without incident. Since 1976, Timmons has found trouble with the law for a myriad of reasons.  Burglary and vehicle theft arrests from the California Bay Area to the Sacramento Valley pepper his rap sheet.  While on probation for a burglary in 1986, Timmons was arrested, months later, for another burglary.  While on probation for the 2nd burglary, Timmons was arrested for yet another burglary.  Again, in 1986, officers were dispatched to a residential burglary in progress.  When the officers arrived on scene, they found Timmons inside the home and he was arrested without incident.  Within months of that arrest, Timmons was picked up for petty theft.   But it wasn’t until his releases from either county jail and/or prison that he started a more dangerous criminal venture-driving under the influence.  From, at least, 1986 to 2006,  Timmons has a history littered with drug and/or alcohol violations and only his prison/county jail stays seem to curb those habits. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
George Mario TorresTorres, George Mario: Torres has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to engage in criminal activity. He has shown no interest in complying with the law.  In his most recent case, Officers from the Sacramento Police Department made contact with Torres in a high crime area. When they asked his name, he lied.  Torres fled on foot for approximately 150 yards while reaching into his right pants pocket. Officers located a loaded and stolen .380 semi­ automatic pistol in his right pants pocket. In addition, not only was Torres in possession of a loaded stolen firearm, he was on probation, and had a no bail warrant for his arrest.  Torres is also a validated Varrio Gardens Sara (VGS) Norteno gang member. In 1996, Torres robbed innocent victims in a public parking lot while pointing a loaded stolen firearm at them. On February 7, 1996, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison for robbery, with the use of a firearm and for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. A further review of Torres’s criminal history shows a propensity for criminal behavior and violence. On November 16, 2006, Torres was sentenced to 32 months state prison upon a separate auto theft conviction. On March 18, 2008, Torres was sentenced to 4 years state prison upon another vehicle theft conviction. This time Torres led the police on a high speed chase that lasted approximately 10-minutes and reached speeds in excess of 90 mph in a residential neighborhood. Torres was on active parole at the time of this offense. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Alejandro ValenciaValencia, Alejandro: There might not be a special spot in hell for child abusers but there should be sufficient beds in prison to assure that individuals who have previously tormented and inflicted great bodily injury on an infant should remain in prison for the full term of any sentence imposed on them thereafter. On January 19, 2003, officers responded to Valencia’s residence to conduct a welfare check regarding possible child abuse. The inmate’s co-defendant, the child’s mother, was holding the 22 month old victim who had bruises covering her forehead and head, missing patches of hair from her head, and she was going in and out of consciousness.  She was rushed to the hospital and observed to have multiple bruises all over her body, a hand-shaped bruise to the left side of her head, a solid bruise from the top of her buttocks down the back of her thighs and to the back of her knees, and severe bruising to her left ear.  Some of the bruising on her chest appeared to be from pinching.  She also had lacerated liver and a blood alcohol content of .013%. Valencia took this case to trial and was convicted of 4 felony counts of child abuse, two with an enhancement for the infliction of great bodily injury on a child less than 5 years old. He was sentenced to 100 months in prison.  Two of these offense are violent strikes. While on parole for that offense, he committed the more recent offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number which was found during a parole search, along with ammunition and methamphetamine. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Avette Carol VolkerVolker, Avette Carol: In 1987, a much younger version of Volker decided to leave home and travel with friends, now referred to as “known accomplices”.  They believed they could make their way by their wits and through the kindness of strangers who would pick them up to hitchhike to their chosen destination.  One such Good Samaritan picked up Volker and her known accomplices. According to the probation department report generated by Sierra County, the , evidently tired of intermittently walking and thumbing for rides, came up with the idea to kill the driver to alleviate the physical burden of her current lifestyle. She talked one of her known accomplices into the killing and he then set about beating the unsuspecting victim violently about the head and face with a large rock more than a dozen times causing his death.  Volker removed the victim’s bloodied clothing and set them on fire along with bloodied blankets and sheets removed from the victim’s van.  The judge presiding over the eventual criminal trial on the case, wherein the  testified for the State in exchange for a plea deal, had this to say at the ‘s sentencing: “While these opinions may indeed seem harsh, especially considering the defendant’s young age and lack of prior record, unfortunately, the elements and facts surrounding this crime are also harsh. Individuals must be made to understand that the taking of someone else’s property, especially with violence or threat of great violence will not be tolerated by society. It is truly unfortunate that the defendant has chosen a crime with such devastating surrounding circumstances with which to open up her criminal career.” District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 

Vote NO On Prop 57: Early Prison Release – S

This morning I’m profiling Sacramento County felons who were granted early prison release as “non-violent” second strikers. Unfortunately, if you scratch beneath the surface you find that these guys are violent and dangerous. If passed, Proposition 57 will dramatically increase the number of fake “non-violent” offenders released back onto our streets.
 
Sou SaechaoSaechao, Sou: Since 1998, he has been a validated member of the Sacramento Bad Boys street gang and has been convicted of resisting a public officer, driving under the influence twice, driving while on a suspended license and in 2001 was convicted by a jury of assault by force likely to produce a great bodily injury and causing a great bodily injury. He was sentenced to seven years in state prison. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
 
 
Francisco SalcedoSalcedo, Francisco: A review of his criminal history demonstrates a willingness not only to engage in criminal activity, but to engage in crimes of violence as well, with prior convictions for robbery in 2005 and 2010.  Significantly, despite leaving Southern California following his second robbery conviction (having accumulated criminal convictions in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Bernardino County) and re-locating to the Sacramento area, Salcedo has continued to engage in criminal activity, burglarizing the victims ‘ residence and, among other property, stealing a pair of loaded firearms. Despite the “change in scenery” and the accompanying opportunities for a “fresh start” and a crime-free lifestyle, Salcedo has chosen to continue to prey on the community. It is abundantly clear that Salcedo, a man who was convicted of a crime of violence as recently as 2010, will persist to engage in dangerous crimes that risk the safety of the public at large. Whether he robs someone by force or burglarizes their home, Salcedo has proven he will place his own criminal self-interest above the safety of the public at large. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Thomas SalopekSalopek, Thomas: Salopek’s first conviction for a violent act dates back to 1984, wherein he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to serve two years in prison. In 1988, Salopek was convicted of robbery and assault with a firearm when he robbed a convenience store. He was sentenced to a 5 year term in prison for those offenses. In February of 1989, Salopek was again convicted of robbery and was sentenced to serve a 13 years in prison consecutive to the term imposed in 1988. His most recent conviction was for burglarizing a detached garage. The garage was immediately adjacent, but not connected to the living quarters of the residence. In addition, the garage contained a small studio living quarters. Finally, Salopek by his own admissions has a substance abuse problem which dates back over 40 years. He has numerous five (5) convictions for driving under the influence and reckless driving (reduced from driving under the influence arrests) One of those convictions resulted in a felony after the defendant injured another person during a traffic collision. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Frederick ShifanoShifano, Frederick: Shifano poses a threat to the public when he is out on the streets. In his most recent case Sacramento Sheriff’s SWAT Team obtained a search warrant authorizing the search of Shifano, his vehicle and his residence. In the vehicle that Shifano was driving officers located 29 grams of cocaine, 16 grams of marijuana, almost $1,290 in cash, and pay-owe sheets. In Shifano’s residence officers located 80 grams of cocaine, 411 grams of marijuana, 185 hydrocodone pills, 52 MDMA pills, $29,983 in cash, narcotics packaging and a scale.  Also located in his residence were three handguns and a sawed-off shotgun.  Two of the handguns and the sawed-off shotgun were loaded.  Shifano’s possession of multiple loaded firearms while engaging in large scale sales of narcotics created a highly combustible situation ripe for violence. Moreover, Shifano has a record of violence. In 1999 Shifano was committed to state prison for a term of 5-years after he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon. Shifano is also a recidivist whose rap sheet indicates that he has returned to prison on violations of parole multiple times after being released on his first two prison terms. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
James Michael SmithSmith, James Michael: Parole or probation means nothing to Smith, as he has demonstrated throughout his entire life.  Of course, Smith committed his most recent offense while he was released on Parole for his 2008 felony theft where he stole a co-worker’s credit card. Smith committed the 2008 offense while on probation for writing stolen checks in 2006.In 2001, while on parole from his Strike offense, Smith attempted to pass more stolen checks, was caught, convicted, and sentenced to state prison again. In 1999, Smith committed his Strike offense while on Felony Probation for vehicle theft. In 1998, Smith committed his Felony Vehicle Theft while on Felony probation for 2nd Degree Felony Burglary. In 1997, when he committed his 2nd Degree Felony Burglary, Smith was on Felony probation for Criminal Mischief in Texas.  District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 

Vote NO On Prop 57: Early Prison Release – R

Hey Sacramento, look at who’s coming to a neighborhood near you!!!
 
Levi RabonRabon, Levi: Rabon ‘s criminal history shows an escalating criminal pattern of burglary and drug abuse that spans over the past 30 years. In the summer of 2004, Rabon went on a one-man crime spree, burglarizing  11 homes in less than 5 months.  It wasn’t until his arrest in 2005 that the Sacramento County community in which Rabon resided, could rest easier knowing that this drug-addicted menace was off the streets. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
 
 
Jahmi RadneyRadney, Jahmi: In 2000, Radney suffered a misdemeanor conviction for statutory rape of a minor more than three years younger than himself.  His conduct was concerning, but he was neither armed nor violent at that stage. In 2003, Radney was convicted of armed robbery. In that case, Radney and an associate found themselves stranded roadside, without gas for their vehicle. The associate was armed with a small handgun.  When a Good Samaritan approached their vehicle to offer assistance, Radney and his associate robbed the man of $28. Radney was placed on probation and served jail time for this offense. In 2005, he punched his girlfriend in the head, causing her to briefly lose consciousness in between kicks to her face, ribs, and arms. This conduct triggered his second felony conviction. In 2012, Radney was found loitering in front of a motel mid-day. Deputies found a loaded handgun in his left pocket, as well as 14 individually packaged baggies of methamphetamine in his waistband. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Jerry RasmussenRasmussen, Jerry: In 1993, Rasmussen was stopped by CHP for driving recklessly and ultimately found to be in possession of several loaded (and unloaded) firearms as well as knives secured to his body with rubber bands.  In September 1994, Rasmussen hog-tied and tortured two men he found on his property.  He covered their heads, kicked them repeatedly, poured cold water on them and threatened to kill them with his gun. This went on for over 3 hours until a neighbor saw what was happening and called police. Just 10 days after this incident, Rasmussen came upon another man on his property and held him at gun point threatening to kill him. Yet another victim of Rasmussen was attempting to negotiate a U-turn in Rasmussen’s driveway when he was met by a screaming Rasmussen wielding a shovel—a shovel he then used to smash the victim’s car windshield and threaten to kill him with. In 2012, Rasmussen came home to find that his front door had been kicked in and his home burglarized. Instead of calling the police (because he didn’t believe that anything would be done), Rasmussen, armed himself with a .22 caliber pistol and laid down on the couch, in the dark, to wait for the burglars to return—which they did.  Upon their return, Rasmussen, without saying a word, got up from the couch and shot one man in the face then turned and shot the second man dead where he stood.  Rasmussen took the gun to a neighbor’s house and gave it to her hold—telling her only that his house was burglarized, but not that he had left a dead man inside of it. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
John Thomas RobertsRoberts, John Thomas: Roberts committed his strike offense of residential burglary in 2011. While on probation for that offense, on January 26, 2013 he went to the home of his daughter’s mother. She asked him to leave because he was high on heroin. He did not want to leave and began tearing up her home, threw a lit cigarette at her face and eventually beat her with a hanger. He was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and ordered to undergo a batterer’s treatment program which he never did. In early 2014 he was charged with stealing a vehicle and allowed to proceed as a violation of probation on his strike offense for additional county jail time.  Four months after his release from jail, he was arrested for his current vehicle theft offense for which he received a 32 month prison sentence. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Kevin RobinsonRobinson, Kevin: Robinson got an early start at living the life of a criminal, picking up two strike convictions by the time he was 21. He is a thief, a drug dealer, and a validated member of the Bad Ass Youngsters gang. Before his early release Robinson was serving an 8 year prison sentence for committing a residential burglary. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
 
 
 
Rodriguez, Lishane: Rodriguez is a convicted drug dealer with a violent past. On September 16, 2004, Rodriguez was convicted of robbery. Because a gun was used Rodriguez was sentenced to 6 years in state prison. On January 25, 2005, while awaiting adjudication of the above offense, officers executed a lawful search warrant on Rodriguez’s residence. Due to the extremely dangerous situation, Sacramento Police Department deployed its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit to clear Rodriguez’s house. Inside, they found a firearm and ammunition as well as a “pharmacy” of illegal narcotics. Officers located a digital scale, narcotic packaging, and 80.00 grams of marijuana, 2.63 grams of cocaine, 9 MDMA pills and $2,000.00 in cash. Rodriguez also had a firearm in his vehicle. Rodriguez was sentenced to 3 years state prison for this offense. Soon after being released from prison Rodriguez was convicted of domestic battery when he punched his girlfriend in the face several times. This victim was also a prostitute and Rodriguez was her pimp. She had been trying to “leave” the defendant and the lifestyle behind and make a new start. Rodriguez would have nothing of it. On October 11, 2014, the defendant went to Placer County to purchase 3-5 lbs. of marijuana. Rodriguez rammed the victim’s car and brandished a firearm. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Rorrer, Gordon: Rorrer has 8 felony convictions and has served 6 prison sentences. His parole violations through the years are too numerous to count. He has 2-strike convictions and has been convicted of domestic violence. In 2005, two days after obtaining a restraining order aganist Rorrer for domestic violence, he returned to his victim’s home, kicked in her back door and forced his way into the residence. once inside, while she was trying to call 911, he threw her to the floor, dragged her by the hair and kicked her four or five times in the back. He broke the phone so she could not continue to call for help.- District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 

Vote NO On Prop 57: Early Prison Release – O & P

One must be careful when calculating risk assessment, but if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and flies like a duck…
 
Walter Brennan O'NealO’Neal, Walter Brennan: A summary of his convictions are as follows:

    • March 1982 -petty theft December 1982 – failure to appear May 1983 – prostitution
    • February 1987 – battery September 1987 -battery
    • July 1990 – felony vehicle theft
    • July 1991 – brandishing a deadly weapon; attempted robbery
    • November  1994 -possession of drug paraphernalia; giving a false name to police November  1994 -parole violation
    • June 1995 – felony vehicle theft March 1998 -parole violation November 1998 – parole violation January 2000 – parole violation September 2000 – parole violation April 2001 – parole violation October 2001 -parole violation May 2002 – parole violation November 2002 -parole violation
    • November 2003 – felony poss. of controlled substance; poss. of a weapon; failure to appear December 2006 – felony vehicle theft
    • May 2010 – parole violation January 2011 -parole violation
    • February 2012 – felony vehicle theft District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
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      Ortiz, Xavier: On July 14, 2002, Ortiz and several friends, armed with firearms, went to the victim’s home to threaten him. On March 20, 2006 he went to his uncle’s home and demanded entry into the residence.  His uncle refused and Ortiz kicked in the back door to gain entry into the house.  Once he entered the home he held his uncle down by the throat and repeatedly told him that he would kill him. Less than three months after threatening his uncle he was arrested for participating in a drug trafficking organization, and was ultimately sentenced to six years in prison for his involvement in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine for the benefit of his gang. He did not remain crime free for very long after being released on parole.  On October 1, 2014 officers found 13 grams of methamphetamine, packaging for narcotics, 39 tramadol pills, cutting agent which is used to dilute narcotics, and over 1200 dollars in cash inside of Ortiz’s home. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       
      Willie PacePace, Willie: Pace was first convicted for vehicle theft as a teenager. Shortly thereafter he sustained his first ‘strike’ conviction for residential burglary. Soon after his release on parole, he was arrested for attempted murder and robbery.  He was convicted of robbery with the use of a firearm with prison priors and sentenced to 152 months in prison.  His behavior while in prison was dismal.  He was repeatedly arrested for criminal offenses while in prison:  in 1996 in Coalinga for assault by a prisoner, in 19967 for possession for a weapon in Salinas Valley.  He was released on parole in about 2002 and then began racking up his repeated parole violations. While back I prison on a parole violation, he picked up another in-custody arrest for possession of a controlled substance in New Folsom in 2005.  Later in 2005 he regained his freedom and promptly forfeited it with more revolving-door parole violations. He appeared to have a lull in his criminal escapades for about 5 years. In 2012, Pace was convicted of second degree burglary with a prior strike. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       
      Miguel Ramirez PadillaPadilla, Miguel Ramirez: Padilla was arrested and convicted of 6 counts of residential burglary and received 4 years in prison in 1984. While in prison, he had a number of arrests for conduct occurring in the institution. In 1986 he was arrested for possession of alcohol or drugs in prison. 10 weeks later.he was arrested for assault by a prisoner, and two weeks later he was arrested for a prison conspiracy. Upon his release from prison, in 1989, he was convicted of vehicle theft and received a  jail term. He was then convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 1989, and then he was arrested for possess alcohol or drugs in jail or prison. In 1992, he was convicted of another residential burglary and committed to prison for 9 years. While in custody in 1995, he was arrested for possession of alcohol or drug in a jail or prison. Upon his release from prison, he was convicted of possession of concentrated cannabis and received a 16 month prison term. In 2007, he was convicted of possession for sale of methamphetamine. Upon his 2011 release from prison, and while still on parole, he was arrested and convicted again of possession of methamphetamine for sale when he was found to be in possession of 2.6 ounces of methamphetamine which he admitted possessing for sale. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       
      John Kevin ParkerParker, John Kevin: As the result of an arson conviction for lighting a car on fire, Parker was sentenced to state prison for 3 years in 2000. In 2001, he was again sentenced to state after being convicted of transporting or selling cocaine. He returned to prison again in 2004, after a 3 years sentence for possession of cocaine for sale and recklessly evading police officers in a high speed car chase. His most recent conviction occurred 2 weeks after he was discharged from parole. He was a passenger in a car with multiple other people and he was carrying a loaded .45 caliber handgun. When an officer attempted to stop the car, Mr. Parker ran from the rear passenger seat. The officer left the car and its other occupants to pursue Mr. Parker and eventually apprehended him. The loaded .45 caliber handgun was later located in a bush where Mr. Parker tossed it. County Jail on the current case, Mr. Parker was placed on 10 days of full restriction for fighting. On 2/27/11 he was involved in a gang-related fight in custody. On 6/16/11, he was placed in administrative segregation as a result of participating in a riot and was subsequently found guilty of fighting. On 10/20/11, during an interview with CDCR, he claimed status as a Bloods gang member. On 4/23/13, he was again found guilty of fighting. He was also found guilty of fighting on 3/30/14. On 1/18/15,-he-was removed from his job for failing to report to work for months. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       
      Dante PrenticePrentice, Dante: On 11/3/2009, Prentice ransacked a home. Items taken included blank personal checks. The victim soon received notice that somebody was attempting to cash one of her checks at a check cashing establishment. Law enforcement responded to the check cashing establishment as a vehicle fled the scene. Two subjects were detained in the store and admitted to being involved in the burglary earlier in the day and fingered the fleeing subjects as Prentice and his brother who were also involved in the burglary. Prentice led officers on a five county, multijurisdictional pursuit, and reaching speeds of more than 100 mph as he sped through residential neighborhoods and ran stop signs. At one point during the pursuit Prentice attempted to hit a Deputy’s vehicle with his vehicle. Prentice eventually lost control and collided with another vehicle. When the vehicle was searched after the collision law enforcement found loot from another residential burglary. In his most recent felony conviction law enforcement responded to a shooting and received a license plate of a vehicle involved in the shooting. The vehicle was located shortly after the shooting and Prentice was a rear passenger. Prentice readily admitted that he was on parole, a member of G-MOBB and that the .40 caliber found at the scene was his. Prentice also proudly admitted that he has “G” tattooed on his left arm as well as stars on his right arm to symbolize he is a member of G-MOBB. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       
      Powell, John: Powell’s criminal career has not slowed down since 1983. He has amassed 8 felony convictions, 9 misdemeanor convictions, and a litany of arrests too numerous to list. Time and again Inmate Powell has demonstrated that he will victimize whoever he can to ensure that he gets what he wants.  He will stop at nothing to achieve his ends. Powel l’s five burglary convictions illuminate his complete disregard for others.  In total, Inmate Powell has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison for his burglary conviction s. None of this hard time has seemed to facilitate a productive change in Powell, he continues his criminal enterprising every time he is released. Inmate Powell’s criminality does not end simply at thievery and mischief, he has also shown a serious propensity for violence. In June of 2014, just 2 months before the incident he is currently serving time for, police officers responded to a 91 1 call from the residence of Powell ‘s girlfriend.  When officers arrived, they found Powell’s girlfriend with a swollen head and split lip, the result of repeated punches to the face by the 6’3″, 250 pound Powell. In the incident, officers learned, Powell chased his girlfriend, striking her in the face with his fist as she screamed for help and attempted to call police. Powell’s violence did not end there. The following day, as officers made contact with him regarding the assault on his girlfriend, Inmate Powell violently resisted, trying to prevent officers from arresting him. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       
      Jenny Powers-GaribayPowers-Garibay, Jenny: In 2012, Powers-Garibay engaged in an extremely dangerous high speed pursuit through city streets while fleeing in a stolen car. She drove erratically through numerous red lights and stop signs at speeds up to 70 mph. During the pursuit, Powers-Garibay sped through a stop sign directly in front of an elementary school at approximately 9:05 a.m. on a school day. She also nearly collided with an unsuspecting driver. Between 2002 and the commitment offense, Powers-Garibay accumulated 8 felony convictions, 2 separate prison commitments, a strike conviction, several misdemeanor convictions, and numerous parole violations/revocations. Powers-Garibay’s performs poorly under parole supervision. In May 2011, Powers-Garibay violated her parole conditions in less than 24 hours of being released from custody. She violated parole a second time within that first week when she absconded. Eventually she was arrested and incarcerated. Once released, she absconded. Again, she was arrested and incarcerated. This pattern continued when she was released in September 2011 returned to custody by November 2011. On January 17, 2012, Powers-Garibay absconded again from the Auburn Parole. Her whereabouts remained unknown until she was arrested on February 6, 2012 for the conduct underlying her current prison commitment. Powers-Garibay’s response to this latest arrest reaffirms her unsuitability to parole, “I took off high speed because I’m on parole and thought I would at least try to get away.” District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       
      Emmanuel Jamar PricePrice, Emmanuel Jamar: Price will do what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants, and he will use force and violence in the process. Whether it is a cellular telephone or a woman’s body, if inmate Price wants something he WILL take it, and by any means necessary. Price is currently serving a 32 month prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. However, his propensity for violence is not restricted to those who choose to associate with him. On August 20, 2014, inmate Price was involved in a shooting in which he and another individual had an argument in front of a crowded Valero gas station. The argument escalated and the bullets started to fly. Inmate Price released a barrage of no less than 9 shots from his illegally acquired Glock .40 caliber handgun with rounds flying past patrons of the gas station and those standing nearby. It is a miracle that an innocent bystander was not killed. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
       

Vote NO on Prop 57: Early Prison Release M

Prop 57

 

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior
 
Curtis MarcellinoMarcellino, Curtis: Marcellino is a dangerous sexual predator. In 1982, during a residential burglary, a woman woke up to find an uninvited male naked from the waist down, climbing on top her. To her shock and surprise, she realized that she knew the inmate.  When she confronted him, he quickly got up, got dressed, and ran out the front door with his tennis shoes in his hands. On December 1, 1995, a 23 year old female reported that Marcellino grabbed her and kissed her on the lips and then grabbed ahold of her and started fondling her buttocks and breast area. He plead to a misdemeanor in connection with this offense. On March 16, 2004, Marcellino was arrested in Auburn, California, for annoying/molesting a child under age 18, and battery. At the age of 50-Marcellino met a 15 year-old girl on Craigslist, picked her up and took her to his home for sex. When the police arrived both were naked from the waist down.  Marcellino plead to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor victim under the age of 16 years when he was over the age of 21.  In addition to these sex offenses, Marcellino has a dizzying array of other convictions and prison sentences including theft offenses, drunk driving, welfare fraud and identity theft.  District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Walter MathenyMatheny, Walter: In 1995 Matheny received four convictions for petty theft, and one conviction for obstruction, within a year and a half. Seven months after the last petty theft conviction, he was arrested for possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Matheny was given two chances to complete drug diversion, but failed both time. After that, his criminal activity worsened. He received a conviction for public intoxication and possession of methamphetamine. Within two-months Matheny was again found to be in possession of a methamphetamine, but this time he was also in possession of a loaded .32 caliber handgun. While in custody two days after being arrested, he was found to be in possession of five grams of methamphetamine. A year after that conviction, he was yet again found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  He received his second felony conviction and another violation of probation. Approximately seven months later he committed a violent offense. After being released from prison he was again involved in another robbery. Within five years of being paroled in June of 2008, Matheny received seven misdemeanor convictions for possession of controlled substances, driving under the influence, possession of burglary tools, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of tear gas, and child abuse. A year after his last misdemeanor conviction, and while still on two grants of probation, Inmate Matheny committed this most recent felony conviction that he is currently incarcerated for. Since his first conviction, Matheny has committed every other one of his offenses while being on probation or parole. Some were even committed while he was pending charges in another case. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Ramon Ashley MayoMayo, Ramon Ashley: On July 2, 2013, Mayo was driving recklessly and swerved onto the shoulder of a roadway directly towards an on-duty CHP officer who was assisting a Caltrans work crew with road construction. Inside the vehicle, CHP officers located a loaded .45cal Glock 21 with three rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber on the floorboard next to where Mayo was sitting, as well as a loaded 9mm Ruger on the floorboard next to Mayo’s front passenger.  Officers located 7.4 pounds of marijuana, a silencer and 12 rounds of 9mm ammunition in the backseat. At the time of this offense Mayo was on parole for three residential burglaries. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Marcus Xavier McCauleyMcCauley, Marcus Xavier: On January 2 1, 1988, McCauley was arrested and later convicted of the felony of possession for sale of rock cocaine. On February 9, 1989 he was sentenced to four years’ probation and 150 days in the county jail. On June 19, 1988, he was arrested and later convicted for the felony transportation of marijuana while armed with a pistol. On February 9, 1989 he was sentenced to four years’ probation and 150 days, consecutive, in the county jail. On October 23, 1989, he committed a vicious assault on a man who protested when the inmate and his two accomplices littered his front yard. The victim suffered a broken jaw and the loss of several weeks’ employment. On September 1 1, 1990 McCauley was convicted of felony assault with the personal infliction of great bodily injury. The inmate was sentenced to five years’ probation with one year i n the county jail. On November 18, 1991, he was arrested for transportation and sale of cocaine base. He was convicted of these charges on January 27, I 994. On February 22, 1994 he was sentenced to seven years in prison. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Richard Ariel MendezMendez, Richard Ariel: Mendez has a long criminal history spanning over 20 years. The inmate’s offenses reflect a consistent disregard for the safety and personal property of others.  Despite Mendez’ denials of any gang involvement, the Sacramento County jail  classifies him as a validated Varrio North Side Nortefio and has him listed as a “shot caller” for that gang.  Taken as a whole, the inmate has demonstrated repeatedly that he is dangerous not only to specific individuals, but also the public at large. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
 
Dwayne MeredithMeredith, Dwayne:

  • 1988, two years after his first conviction of a misdemeanor the inmate was convicted of petty theft
  • 1989, he failed to report to his work program in relation to this conviction
  • 1992, the inmate was convicted of grand theft and sentenced to 36 months’ probation.
  • 1993, less than one year into his three year probation, he was convicted of first degree burglary, a potential felony strike, and one violation of probation.  As a result of this conviction he was sentenced to four years of probation.  While still on probation from his first degree burglary, the inmate was convicted of a first degree felony trafficking of a controlled substance in Louisville, Kentucky on October 13, 1993
  • 1995, while still on probation from his first degree burglary conviction, Inmate Meredith was convicted of vehicle damage, and petty theft with priors
  • 1996 the inmate was convicted of 2nd degree  burglary.  Less than a year later he was convicted of the same offense in April of 1997 and sentenced to three years’ probation
  • 1997, he was convicted of destruction of property and three violations of probation
  • 1998, Inmate Meredith was convicted of P.C. 594 before his three year probation for P.C. 666 had ended
  • 2000, Inmate Meredith was convicted of attempted burglary, and vehicle damage before his three year probation had ended
  • 2001, he was convicted of burglary, a potential felony strike
  • 2002, thus violating probation for a second time, while he still had three years left on his probation term.
  • 2005, when he was convicted of felony possession of methamphetamine. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release

Charles MitchellMitchell, Charles: Mitchell’s first criminal conviction is for a first degree robbery for which he was sent to prison for four years in 1985. Since then he has never successfully completed any grant of probation or parole.  Instead, his criminal history is littered with multiple drug sales convictions for which he received state prison sentences, parole violations, driving under the influence convictions and convictions for driving on a suspended license.  He has separate convictions involving driving under the influence from 1992, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012 and his most recent one from 2014.  The only period of time where the inmate does not have a driving under the influence conviction is from the time he spent in state prison.  Even when given the opportunity to make better choices, he refused to do so.  Since 2010, Inmate Mitchell has been convicted of driving on a suspended license eight separate times. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Christopher MooreMoore, Christopher: Moore is a violent career criminal whose convictions include multiple strike offenses and various instances of evading police officers, robbery, assaults, resisting police officers, driving under the influence of alcohol, and illegal possession of a firearm. In May of 2007, Moore was arrested for robbing two victims at gun point.  Three male suspects were involved in the crime, although Moore was the only one armed with a firearm.  Only Moore was caught by officers because after he robbed one of the victims at gun point, he continued to punch and kick the victim until officers arrived while his friends fled the scene. Two years earlier, Moore drove through the family room of an occupied residence just to try and evade pursuing officers who were attempting to stop him because he was driving a stolen car.  When the car became disabled due to the collision, officers located a handgun on the floorboard of the stolen car that Moore had been the driving.   Moore was injured when he collided with the house, so officers arrested him and then transported him to the hospital.  Due to his conduct, Moore was placed in leg shackles while awaiting medical treatment. Subsequent to these felony convictions, Moore sustained numerous parole violations and misdemeanor convictions. Moore has never successfully completed a single grant of probation or parole without committing a new offense and ending back up in jail or prison custody. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Henry Andrew MooreMoore, Henry Andrew: Moore has capped his career criminal rap sheet with the residential burglary of a home that was occupied by a 73 year-old woman. He cut a screen, entered her home and stole her purse and contents, including her cell phone.   Law enforcement was quickly able to track her iPhone and found that Inmate Moore had tried to dispose of it in his toilet tank. For this offense, Moore was allowed to plead to the residential burglary and admit a prior strike for 4 years in State Prison. Moore’s first strike offense was a 2002 robbery . That offense occurred in Yolo County and the reports detailing the facts of that offense were purged.  Sandwiched between these two strikes are a rich and varying array of other offenses and convictions including vehicle thefts, felony evading, drugs, vehicle burglaries and possession of stolen property . He has never successfully reintegrated into free society. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
Virgo Lee MooreMoore, Virgo Lee: Moore committed his first adult conviction in Sept. 1995, for a violation of assault with a deadly weapon. Moore and two accomplices were involved in the assault of a male victim in which an accomplice stabbed the victim with a knife. Moore was sentenced to two years in state prison. Moore was paroled and in July 1997,suffered his first misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction. He proceeded to accumulate three more misdemeanor driving under the influence convictions in November 2007, February 2010 and March of 2011. In addition to his multiple driving under the influence convictions, during this same time period he committed two additional felony convictions. In November of 2002, he was conviction of possession for sale of a controlled substance and sentenced to 16 months in State Prison. In June of 2006, he was conviction of a felony violation of flees or attempts to elude a pursuing peace officer. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 
James Daniel MoosMoos, James Daniel:  Felonies:

  • 1993: Residential burglary – 120 days
  • 1994: Vehicle theft – 3 years state prison
  • 1996: Possession of Stolen Property – 2 years state prison
  • 1998: Possession of Stolen Property- 28 month’s state prison
  • 2001: Possession of a controlled substance – 16 months state prison
  • 2002: vehicle theft Possession of false identification – 44 months state prison
  • 2005: Attempting to elude a pursuing peace 0fficer in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. – 5 years state prison
  • 2010: Possession of false identification – 8 years and 8 months state prison District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release

 
Kevin Lee MorganMorgan, Kevin Lee: A review of Morgan’s FBI & CII criminal history shows a criminal pattern spanning from 1994 to 2009. Inmate Morgan’s criminal history includes misdemeanor convictions for battery, domestic violence, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.  He also suffered felony convictions for grand theft (2001), residential burglary (2004) and vandalism (2005).  He had served three separate prison terms for each of these felonies, but continued his criminal conduct in 2009. In 2009, Kevin Morgan went on a residential burglary spree in Elk Grove.  In one of the three burglaries he committed on August 12, 2009, Inmate Morgan kicked in the door of a residence while a teenage boy hid in the closet.  Inmate Morgan ransacked the house and stole numerous items of expensive jewelry. District Attorney’s Letter Opposing Early Release
 

Governor’s Early Inmate Release Law Increased Crime in Sacramento County

By Mike Rushford

Prop 57
 
A report released today by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation found that a major contributor to the increased crime in Sacramento County last year were criminals no longer eligible for prison under a 2011 law touted by the Governor as a way to reduce prison overcrowding and improve public safety.
 
Data from the Sacramento County Probation Department indicate that offenders, released into Sacramento County under AB109, the “Public Safety Realignment” law, were arrested for over 12,000 crimes between October of that year and 2015.
 
Under Realignment, most felons released from state prison are designated as “low level” offenders and placed on county probation, termed by Realignment as Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS), rather than on much stricter state parole.  When the more serious offenders released on state parole violate parole conditions, they can no longer be returned to prison.  Instead, they receive short sentences in county jail followed by release to lighter supervision on PRCS.  Offenders committing most new crimes, including auto theft, fraud, commercial burglary, assault, domestic violence and drug offenses, cannot be sentenced to prison no matter how many times they commit these crimes.  Like parole violators, they can only be sentenced to time in county jail followed by release on PRCS.
 
According to the report, of the 5,269 offenders placed on PRCS, 2,371 (44.9%) were arrested for 7,578 felonies and 4,888 misdemeanors.  More than 1,200 were arrested for violent felonies, such as rape, robbery and murder.  Of the offenders convicted, 631 (over 51%) were for domestic violence, which under Realignment is not considered a serious enough crime to carry a prison sentence.
 
“Sacramento is a medium-sized California county with diverse demographics and strong police and prosecution agencies.  According to preliminary FBI data, the county suffered a 25% increase in crime during the first six months of 2015,” said Foundation President Michael Rushford.  “Because Realignment does not require the state to keep track of criminals placed on PRCS, analysis of its impact must be done one county at a time.  Federal and state data confirm that significant increases in crime occurred virtually everywhere in California last year, which suggests that Sacramento County’s experience is not unique.  Our review found that most, if not all, of the county’s increase appears to be the result of Realignment leaving over 5,000 criminals in the county under light supervision until they committed new crimes violent enough to qualify for a prison sentence.  Once again the Governor’s promises have turned out to be false, and law-abiding Californians are paying the price,” he added.
 
Read the Foundation’s report, “Public Safety Realignment Post-Release Community Supervision”.
 
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