Press Release

AS HEARD IN COURT ON FEBRUARY 3, 2017

People v. Valenzuela, Gerardo: On November 20, 1998, Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Penal Code section 187, Second Degree Murder, and Penal Code Section 664/187, Attempted Murder, with a special allegation of Penal Code Section 120022(b)(1), Personal Use of a Deadly Weapon, a hammer. Defendant was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.  On February 1, 2017, at Defendant’s first parole hearing, he was denied parole and found unsuitable for release from prison for an additional 5 years.  After 5 years, Defendant may once again petition for release and request his second parole hearing to show evidence of rehabilitation.  This parole board hearing was prosecuted  by DDA Neumann at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, CA.

AS HEARD IN COURT ON JANUARY 13, 2017

PEOPLE v. GARZA, JAIME- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 273.5(f)(2), Corporal Injury to the Mother of Child with a Prior Domestic Violence Conviction. Defendant was sentenced to 4 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Willows Police Department Officers Thompson and Edgington.

AS HEARD IN COURT ON JANUARY 20, 2017

People v. Valdez, Billy- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 236, False Imprisonment with Violence, and Penal Code section 12022.7(e), Great Bodily Injury during Domestic Violence on Spouse. Defendant was sentenced to 6 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Willows Police Department Sgt. Stover and Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheldon. 

AS HEARD IN COURT ON JANUARY 27, 2017

People v. Urrutia, Michele- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 646.9, Stalking with Threat. Defendant was sentenced to 3 years State Prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Coffey with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputies Corbin, Sheldon, Loftin, Owens, Holley, Rasmussen, and Perry, Glenn County DA Investigator Browning, and Victim Witness Advocate Pinedo.

AS HEARD IN COURT ON JANUARY 6, 2017

PEOPLE v. LABLUE, TANYA- Defendant was previously convicted of felony violations of Penal Code Section 459, First Degree Burglary, Welfare and Institutions Code 10980(c)(2) Obtain Public Aid by Misrepresentation, and Penal Code Section 118(a) Perjury. Defendant was found in violation of probation for the eleventh time and probation was terminated.  Defendant was sentenced to 5 years in state prison and ordered to pay restitution of $6,478. The cases were prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Health and Human Services Agency Welfare Fraud Investigator McClain and Orland Police Department Officer Carmon. 

AS HEARD IN COURT SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

PEOPLE V. SKESLIEN, MICHAEL- Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Health and Safety Code section 11378, Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales, Penal Code section 529(a)(3), False Impersonation, and Penal Code section 12022.1, Commit a Felony while on Bail. Defendant was sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison. The cases were prosecuted by DDA Harbarger with assistance from Orland Police Department Officers Roenspie and Simpson and Glenn County Sherrif’s Office Correctional Deputy Tuma.

AS HEARD IN COURT SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

PEOPLE V. STEVENS, MIKKEL- Defendant was convicted of a misdemeanor violation of Health and Safety Code section 11377(a), Possession of Methamphetamine, and 11550(a), Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. Defendant was previously convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 69, Resisting a Peace Officer Using Force and was found in violation of probation for the 6th time. Defendant was sentenced to 3 years and 360 days in prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Probation Department Officer Tompkins and Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Holley and Tuma.

AS HEARD IN COURT SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

PEOPLE V. WADE, BENJY- Defendant was convicted of a felony violations of Penal Code section 422, Criminal Threats, and Penal Code section 4573.6(a), Possession of Methamphetamine in Jail. Defendant was sentenced to 3 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Alves, Orland Police Department Officers Simpson and Fullmore, and employees of Walmart in Willows. 

AS HEARD IN COURT SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

PEOPLE V. KNECHT, GABRIEL- Defendant, a 21-year-old from Hamilton City, was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 187(a), 1st Degree Murder that was willful, deliberate, and premeditated. The stipulated facts were as follows: On March 16, 2018, Defendant Gabriel Knecht and 2 other defendants went to the home of Donald Zucker. While at the home of Donald Zucker, Defendant Gabriel Knecht shot and killed Mr. Zucker. Defendant was sentenced to 25 years to life with lifetime parole. This case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Detectives Blair and Knight.

AS HEARD IN COURT SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

PEOPLE V. SMITH, JACOB- Defendant was previously convicted of a misdemeanor violation of Health and Safety Code section 11377(a). Defendant was found in violation of probation for the third time and probation was terminated. Defendant was sentenced to 120 days in county jail. The case was prosecuted by DDA Coffey with assistance from Glenn County Probation Department Officer Tompkins and Orland Police Department Officer Carrillo. 

City of Willows FREE Community Clean-Up Day

City of Willows Clean-Up Event flyer

The City of Willows, Glenn County, and Waste Management are sponsoring a clean-up day for the City of Willows.Waste Management will provide dumpsters on-site to hold waste materials to be hauled to the Glenn County Landfill.

This event is for Residents in the 95988 zip code only. Residents bringing materials are asked to have proof of residency to use this service. Examples would be a water bill or tax bill and a picture ID.

Early Prison Release*: 3 DENIED!

PEOPLE V. MATTIS, JEFFREY- On July 8, 2014 Defendant was convicted by jury trial of felony violations of 20 counts of Penal Code section 29800(a)(1), Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Penal Code section 30305(a)(1), Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, Penal Code section 496d(a), Possession of a Stolen Automobile, two Strike Priors, a Prior Prison commitments under Penal Code section 667.5(b), a misdemeanor violation of Health and Safety Code 11377(a), Possession of Methamphetamine, and misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 21510(b), Carry Switch-Blade Knife. On September 24, 2014 Defendant was sentenced to 16 years 4 months in state prison. On July 5, 2017 the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) notified the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office that a Proposition 57 Nonviolent Parole Release review was set within 30 days. Deputy District Attorney Neumann reviewed the facts of the instant case and criminal history of the Defendant and prepared an opposition to an early release.   BPH has DENIED early release of Defendant and found he poses an unreasonable risk of violence to the community.

Evacuation Orders Lifted for Mendocino Complex Fire in Glenn County

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Amy Travis, Deputy Director OES                                                                  Date: 8-27-18

 

Evacuation Orders Lifted in Glenn County

FIRST DEGREE MURDER GUILTY PLEA!

Today, Defendant Gabriel Knecht, 21-year-old from Hamilton City, plead GUILTY to a felony violation of Penal Code section 187(a), 1st Degree Murder that was willful, deliberate, and premeditated. The stipulated facts were as follows: On March 16, 2018, Defendant Gabriel Knecht and 2 other defendants went to the home of Donald Zucker. While at the home of Donald Zucker, Defendant Gabriel Knecht shot and killed Mr. Zucker. Defendant is looking at a sentence of 25 years to life with lifetime parole. The sentencing will be heard on August 24, 2018. The Glenn County District Attorney expresses his appreciation to Detectives Blair and Knight and the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office for their exceptional job investigating this case, leading to the speedy resolution.