San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
  • James Brummett, Jr Sentenced for Killing Man in Oak Park With His Car

    Jan 21, 2020, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that James Brummett, Jr., age 50, was sentenced on Monday, January 13, 2020, to 19 years in state prison on the following charges Penal Code §192(a) (voluntary manslaughter) and Vehicle Code §20001(b)(2) (felony hit and run), he also admitted to having a prior strike conviction pursuant to Penal Code §192(a) and admitted to serving a prior prison term pursuant to Penal Code §667(a). Although he would normally be entitled to 15% conduct credit he waived his custody credits and will actually serve the full term.
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  • Woman Pleads Guilty to Murder of Four-Year-Old Step-Daughter

    Jan 16, 2020, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Zulma Chavez, age 22, pleaded guilty on Tuesday January 14, 2020, to one count of second degree murder (Penal code §187(a)), and two counts of felony child abuse/endangerment (Penal Code §273(a)(a)) for the November killing of her four year old step-daughter. The Honorable John Soldati of the San Joaquin County Superior Court will sentence her on March 2, 2020. She will be sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.
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  • Jury Finds Wayne Edward Williams Guilty in Meth Lab Case and for Felony Child Endangerment

    Jan 14, 2020, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that in the late afternoon of Monday, January 13, 2020, a San Joaquin County jury found Wayne Edward Williams guilty of the following crimes:
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  • Child Predator Sentenced to 50 Years to Life In Prison For Lewd Acts With a Child Under 14

    Jan 7, 2020, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that the Honorable Ronald Northup sentenced Brian Paul Beghtel, age 50, to 50 years to life in state prison for committing Lewd or Lascivious acts with a child under 14, while having a previous conviction for a forcible sex crime.
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  • Man Sentenced to 120 Years to Life in Prison for Murder of Good Samaritan Who Came to Aid of Domestic Violence Victim

    Jan 7, 2020, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that the Honorable Charlotte Orcutt sentenced Jesse Adrian Esparza, age 24, to 120 years to life in state prison on January 6, 2020, for the murder of victim, Ricardo Valenzuela, Jr., and the attempted murders of Ernesto and Thomas Valenzuela, on Valentines’ Day 2017. This crime occurred in the 1600 block of Bonaire Circle. Mr. Esparza was also sentenced for a prior robbery and attempted murder he committed in 2016. Mr. Esparza will be eligible for his first parole board hearing after serving 25 actual years in prison because of the ‘youthful offender’ law codified in Penal Code §3051.”
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  • Homicide Rates Show Two-Year Downward Trend

    Dec 31, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced the first step in her Justice 2020 Initiative, a comprehensive release of data to provide information and evidence of the work accomplished by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and their partnering agencies.
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  • Robert Clark Sentenced to 40 Years to Life in Prison for Revenge Murder

    Dec 24, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that on Monday, December 23, 2019, the Honorable Xapuri Villapudua sentenced Robert Arthur Clark, 29, to 40 years to life in state prison for the murder of victim William Sodders, 60, of Stockton which occurred in 2017.
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  • Man Sentenced For Strangling Mother of Six Children to Death

    Dec 18, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that the Honorable Xapuri Villapudua of the San Joaquin County Superior Court, sentenced Clarence Bailey, age 44, to 15 years to life in state prison for the death of Shontelle Bonner on Monday, December 16, 2019. She was the mother of six children, two of whom are Mr. Bailey’s children as well.
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  • Man Sentenced Today for His Involvement in Shooting Spree That Resulted in Five Separate Attempted Murder Convictions

    Dec 16, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Alfonso Henry Martinez, 25, was sentenced to several consecutive life sentences along with 50 plus years of consecutive time on gun use enhancements. A jury convicted him on December 21, 2018, for the attempted, premeditated murders of four minors on July 12, 2014, along with the additional attempted murder of Shabrina Taylor on December 15, 2014.
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  • Husband and Wife Sentenced in the Slaying of Wife’s Former Boyfriend

    Dec 16, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    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.
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  • San Joaquin County Working Hard To Halt Identify Theft And Fraud During The Holidays

    Dec 13, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar Office wants to remind all citizens of the county to remain vigilant to protect against all forms of fraud and theft, including identify theft.
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  • Man Sentenced Today In Brutal Slaying Of Former Stockton Police Detective And Attempted Murder Of Two Others

    Dec 10, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Rafael Eduardo Watts, Sr., age 63, was sentenced to 64 years to life in state prison and an additional 31 years to state prison to be served consecutively to one another for the brutal slaying of retired Stockton Police Detective Laurits "Pepe" Petersen on February 23, 2016, along with the attempted murders of Patrick Garcia and Bertha Gomez.
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  • Man Who Attacked Boys in Lodi Target Sentenced To Prison

    Dec 4, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Jeff Hardcastle, age 51, was sentenced on November 18, 2019, to 9 years in state prison for attacking two children in the Target store located on Kettleman Lane in Lodi, California.
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  • Gang Member Sentenced In Shooting Spree

    Dec 3, 2019, 00:05 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Aaron “Lash” Moore was sentenced on Monday December 2, 2019, to 115 years to life, plus an additional 99 years and 8 months in state prison for four counts of first degree attempted murder (Penal Code § 664/187), one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm (Penal Code § 245(b)), and three counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling (Penal Code § 246). Each count had additional firearm and gang enhancements alleged. Because Moore qualifies as a “youthful offender” under the law, he will have his first parole hearing during his twenty-fifth year of incarceration, which will be in 2042. (Penal Code § 3051.)
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  • Man Sentenced For His Role In Killing of Lodi Podiatrist Dr Thomas Shock

    Dec 2, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Raymond Austin Hassan Jacquett IV was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for his role in the shooting death of Dr. Thomas Shock in Lodi, California on August 1, 2018. Mr. Jacquett drove the shooter and possibly another individual to the home of Dr. Shock in order to put into play an ill-conceived plan to execute the doctor.
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  • Manteca Man Sentenced For The Senseless Murder Of Young Man He Met Online

    Nov 27, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Nirvair Dhillon, age 37, was sentenced on Monday, November 18, 2019, to 40 years to life in state prison for the November 5, 2017 murder of victim Ian Brooks. The victim Brooks was shot and killed by Dhillon at a residence on Union Road in Manteca, California in the early morning hours of November 5, 2017.
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  • Woman Sentenced In Gross Vehicular Homicide That Left Two Good Samaritans Dead

    Nov 26, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Megan Lee Ranada, age 36, was sentenced on Friday, November 22, 2019, to 1 year in county jail after pleading no contest to two counts of Penal Code Section 192( c) (1), gross vehicular homicide. She pled “open” to the charges that held a maximum sentence of 7 years 4 months in state prison.
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  • Three subjects sentenced in 2017 murder and attempted murder at Stockton park

    Nov 22, 2019, 00:05 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announces three subjects have been sentenced for their roles in the shooting death and attempted murder of two men at a Stockton park in 2017.
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  • Man sentenced today in brutal slaying of local Stockton man and stabbing of two others

    Nov 22, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Michael McPherson, age 33, was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison for the brutal slaying of Elvin Rash,Sr., in downtown Stockton in the area of Hunter and Sonora Streets on February 9, 2019. He also stabbed and severely injured John Johnson and Randy Martel and was sentenced to life terms for their attempted murders to run concurrent to the murder sentence.
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  • Task Force Takes Down Stockton Street Gang

    Nov 19, 2019, 00:00 AM by User Not Found
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar, and Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones today announced the arrest of 49 individuals; the seizure of 41 firearms, including 8 assault weapons; and the seizure of approximately 25 pounds of drugs, including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine as part of a takedown of gang members in Stockton.
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