San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
December 16, 2019
CONTACT: Angela Hayes, Deputy District Attorney
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Husband and Wife Sentenced in the Slaying of Wife’s Former Boyfriend

Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that the Honorable Bernard J. Garber in the San Joaquin County Superior Court, sentenced Brandon Perreira, 28 years of age, to 26 years to life in state prison for the stabbing death of victim Darren Jopp. Mr. Perreira was convicted by a jury on October 31, 2019, of First Degree Murder (Penal Code §187) and the enhancement of personal use of a knife in the commission of the crime (Penal Code §12022 (B)(1)). Virginia Catherine Perreira, 30 years of age, previously pleaded guilty to the crime of Accessory after the Fact, and today was sentenced by Judge Garber to two years in state prison. a

“This type of unnecessary violence, fueled by jealousy and alcohol, resulted in the death of one member of the community, and the disruption of a young child’s life,” District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said. “People need to understand the long term consequences that their actions inflict upon others, their own families and society as a whole and realize violence is never the answer. a

According to court records, in the early morning hours of July 5, 2018, defendant Brandon Perreira went to the Orchard RV Park located at 2701 E. Highway located in Vernalis, where the victim Darren Jopp resided. Brandon Perreira had previously threatened to kill Mr. Jopp, who was the boyfriend of his estranged wife Virginia Perreira. The defendant had also threatened to burn down the victim’s trailer that evening where Mr. Jopp had been watching the Perreira’s young daughter. At around 3:30 a.m., Brandon Perreira arrived to confront the victim, ho attempted to defend himself with a crossbow. The defendant then stabbed Mr. Jopp five times eventually resulting in his death. Shortly after the crime, Virginia Perreira arrived at the scene of the crime and removed the murder weapon from the scene. She and Brandon Perreira then fled the scene. a

The following day, Brandon and Virginia Perreira left the state. After two months of searching by law enforcement, the defendants were located and arrested in the State of Missouri. They were then extradited back to California to stand trial. a

District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar commends the hard work of Deputy District Attorney Ted McGarvey who prosecuted the Perreira’s and the efforts of San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Detective Jocelyn Smith who investigated the crime, in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who assisted in locating the defendants. a