Press Release

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 17, 2020 & PAROLE DENIED!

PAROLE DENIED!

PEOPLE V. LESCALLETT, DARRELL – Inmate Lescallett, now 65 years old, committed a callous and especially heinous crime with an unprovoked motive when he was 25 years old. The present crime was very cruel and was carried out in a callous manner. The victim was stabbed multiple times. The crime was premediated and planned in advance as indicated by the Prisoner’s statement while en route to the Bay Area that it was necessary to kill the victim. The Prisoner violated a position of trust in that he used the victim to secure a ride. The Prisoner used a weapon to kill the victim.

Mrs. Jackson was asked for a ride from Lescallet , his brother and another person. Once in the car, Mrs. Jackson was pulled into the backseat and forced to the floor. Just south of Willows, Mrs. Jackson was placed into the trunk. They then drove to Oakland. During the ride it was discussed about killing Mrs. Jackson. Once in Oakland, Lescallet was doing more drugs. Lescallet went with his brother to kill Mrs. Jackson. Lsecallet used a knife to stab Mrs. Jackson eight times. Mrs. Jackson was also sexually assaulted by Lescallet.

This is Lescallett’s fifth parole hearing. He has been in prison for at least 40 years.

Lescallett was found unsuitable for parole and was given a three year denial. The hearing was attended  at Tehachapi State Prison by District Attorney Dwayne R. Stewart.

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 18, 2019

PEOPLE V. HARRIS, KEITH- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code sections 245(c), Assault on a Peace Officer with a Deadly Weapon on Officers Carmon and Carrillo of the Orland Police Department with a Strike and 245(a)(1), Assault on a Deadly Weapon, to wit the Concrete Floor, with admission of a Strike Prior. Defendant was sentenced to 12 years state prison. This case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Orland Police Department Officers Carmon, Carrillo, Mills, Roenspie, and Sergeant Vlach, Glenn County Sheriff's Office Detective Felton and Deputies Draper, Lemmon, Kelso, Martinez, Corbin, and Jacinto. 

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 26, 2018

PEOPLE V. DEARING, SHAWN- Defendant was convicted of a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 594(a), Vandalism. Defendant was also on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and was found in violation of PRCS and in violation of probation on a separate misdemeanor case. Defendant was sentenced to 164 days in county jail, PRCS was terminated, 40 hours of community service, and 3 years court probation. The full $1,575.17 in restitution was paid back to the victim. The case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Correctional Deputy Mencia and Lt. Bouldin.

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 3, 2020

PEOPLE V. PAILLON. BRANDON - Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 4532(b)(1), Escape from a Detention Facility. Defendant was sentenced to a consecutive 2 years state prison to the 3 year prison sentence he is currently serving also in Glenn County. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheldon.

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 5, 2018

PEOPLE V. JOHNSON, PAUL- Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Penal Code section 666.5, Vehicle Theft with Prior Vehicle Theft, and Vehicle Code section 2800.2, Reckless Evasion, and enhancements for a prior strike conviction and a prior prison term. Defendant was sentenced to 6 years and 4 months in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Harbarger with assistance from California Highway Patrol Officer Stokes and Redding Police Department Officer Stenderup.

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 8, 2021

PEOPLE V. KYLE CHRISTOPER MINGS-  Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Penal Code sections 459, First Degree Residential Burglary and Vehicle Code section 2800.2, Evading a Peace Officer and was previously convicted of a felony violation of Health and Safety Code section 11366.5, Managing a Place for Controlled Substances. Defendant was sentenced to 5 years 4 months prison and ordered to pay $50,862.55. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Sergeants Draper and Felon, Deputy Thompson, Detective Lopeteguy, and CHP Willows Officers Cushman and Willows.  

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 8, 2021

PAROLE DENIED!

PEOPLE V. GARY LEWIS COOPER - On August 21, 1993, Inmate Cooper and his accomplices murdered Filiberto Mendoza. The victim was shot in the head twice, execution style, after being lured to Stony Creek northeast of Orland. Inmate Cooper admitted he received drugs and money in exchange for murdering Filiberto Mendoza. Cooper was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison in 1994.

Inmate Cooper was initially granted parole by the California Parole Board in October of 2015 over the objection of the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office. Shortly thereafter Inmate Cooper violated his parole and was placed back in prison in 2017.

On January 6, 2021, a 4th subsequent parole hearing was held for Inmate Cooper since being returned to state prison. The board ruled that Inmate Cooper continued to pose an unreasonable risk to public safety and denied parole. DDA Coffey attended the hearing by video conference to San Quentin State Prison to oppose Inmate Cooper’s release on behalf of the People of Glenn County. The Glenn County District Attorney’s Office thanks the family of Mr. Mendoza for the powerful letters in opposition to parole which were considered by the parole board.

 

PEOPLE V. KYLE CHRISTOPER MINGS-  Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Penal Code sections 459, First Degree Residential Burglary and Vehicle Code section 2800.2, Evading a Peace Officer and was previously convicted of a felony violation of Health and Safety Code section 11366.5, Managing a Place for Controlled Substances. Defendant was sentenced to 5 years 4 months prison and ordered to pay $50,862.55. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Sergeants Draper and Felon, Deputy Thompson, Detective Lopeteguy, and CHP Willows Officers Cushman and Willows.  

AS HEARD IN COURT JULY 10, 2020

PEOPLE V. BRIAN MICHAUD - Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 288a(c)(1), Oral Copulation of a Child Under 10 Years Old. Defendant was sentenced to 6 years state prison. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office former Detective Knight (now Glenn County DA Chief Investigator) and Deputy Alves. 

AS HEARD IN COURT JULY 20, 2018

PEOPLE V. FUENTES, MARTIN-  Defendant was previously convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code Section 487(a) Grand Theft over $950 and a new misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 148(a)(1), Resist Obstruct Delay Police Officer. Defendant was found in violation of probation for the 3rd time. Defendant was sentenced to 3 years prison. This case was prosecuted by DDA Coffey with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ramirez and Glenn County Probation Department Officer Moize.

AS HEARD IN COURT JULY 21, 2017

PEOPLE V. THOMAS, JAMES- Defendant was previously convicted of two misdemeanor violations of Penal Code section 243(e)(1), Battery on Cohabitant. Defendant was found in violation of probation in both cases. Defendant was sentenced to 270 days in county jail and probation was reinstated. The case was prosecuted by DDA Coffey with assistance from Willows Police Department Officer Ayres.

AS HEARD IN COURT JULY 27, 2018

PEOPLE V. PORTER, FREDDIE- Defendant was previously convicted of misdemeanor violations of Penal Code sections 422, Criminal Threats, 273a(a), Child Endangerment, and 243(e)(1), Battery on Mother of Child. Defendant was found in violation of probation for the 1st time. Defendant was sentenced to 110 days jail and probation was reinstated.  This case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Thompson and Glenn County Probation Department Officer Garcia.

AS HEARD IN COURT JULY 28, 2017

PEOPLE V. BRISENO, JOSE- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 22210, Possession of an Illegal Weapon: Leather SAP. Defendant was sentenced to 8 months in state prison concurrent to his previous sentence of 4 year and 8 month in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Corbin.

AS HEARD IN COURT JULY 31, 2020

PEOPLE V. FERNANDO GARCIA-  Defendant, 22-year-old from Orland, CA, was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 192(a), Voluntary Manslaughter. On or about November 24, 2017 the Orland Police Department responded to the sound of shots fired in the area of Date Street and Rennat Way. The victims were invited over to buy guns from the Defendant and Co-Defendant Ricardo Garcia. One victim, Luis Mercado, was shot in the leg and was transported to Enloe Medical Center. The officers learned there was a second victim, Javier Montalvo, found deceased in the garage of the residence at the scene of the crime. Defendant was sentenced to 11 years state prison. The case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Orland Police Department Officers Simpson and Mills, Sergeants Johnson and Cessna, and Chief Vlach, CHP Willows, and Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputies Barnes and Zarate, and Lt. Gibbs. 

 

AS HEARD IN COURT JULY 7, 2017

PEOPLE V. COX, ANTHONY- Defendant was convicted by a jury of a felony violation of Vehicle Code section 10851(a), Vehicle Theft, misdemeanor violations of Vehicle Code section 20002(a), Hit and Run Property Damage, Penal Code section 148(a)(1), Resist, Obstruct, Delay an Officer, and Health and Safety Code section 11377(a), Possession of Methamphetamine, and a prior strike conviction. Defendant was sentenced to 6 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from California Highway Patrol Officer Horwath, Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Gibbs, the employees of Willows Glass, and the employees of Glenn County Irrigation District.

AS HEARD IN COURT JUNE 1, 2018

PEOPLE v. JIMENEZ, MARIA- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Welfare and Institutions Code section 10980(c)(2), Welfare Fraud and a felony violation of Penal Code Section 118(a), Perjury. Defendant was sentenced to 240 days in county jail and formal probation for 5 years. The Defendant was ordered to pay the full restitution with her co-Defendant Reyes Bernal-Moreno in the amount of $23,566. This case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Health and Human Services Agency Special Investigations Unit Investigator Bouldin.  

AS HEARD IN COURT JUNE 14, 2019

PEOPLE V.  GURULE, TIMOTHY- On May 19, 2018. Defendant was hanging out in the garage of Victim' A.B.'s home when Defendant attacked the victim with a hammer, striking him in the head. A.B. is over 70 years old and ended up in the hospital in critical condition with serious injuries. The Defendant then stole the A.B.'s truck and fled. Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 664/187(a), Attempted Murder, Vehicle Code section 10851(a), Automobile Theft, and a prior Strike. Defendant was sentenced to 15 years 4 months state prison. This case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputies Zarate and Corbin.

AS HEARD IN COURT JUNE 15, 2018


PEOPLE v. STUDYVIN, LAWRENCE- Defendant was previously convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 666.5, Vehicle Theft with a Prior conviction of Vehicle Theft. Defendant was re-sentenced to 7 years and 4 months in prison. The case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Orland Police Department Officers Mills and Ayres.
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AS HEARD IN COURT JUNE 19, 2020

PAROLE DENIED!
PEOPLE V. ELLESBURY, CLARENCE - In 1992, Inmate Clarence Vern Ellesbury was convicted of Penal Code section 187, Second-Degree Murder for killing his wife. The murder occurred when Ellesbury learned his wife had been unfaithful to him and he responded by strangling her to death with his bare hands. Ellesbury then packed her deceased body and her children into the car and drove to a remote location to dump her body. Please see the attached 1991 Press Release photo for more information on the facts of the case. The 
Glenn County Sheriff's Office then Detective Buxton and then Officer Randall (who later became mayor of Orland, California) later arrested Ellesbury when he attempted to return to his wife’s body with plans to conceal/dispose of it further in order to cover up his crimes. This case was originally prosecuted by DA Bob Holzapfel. Inmate Ellesbury was sentenced to 15 years to life and has had parole granted at the last 2 parole hearings. However, in reviewing the last 2 decisions to release Inmate Ellesbury, the Governor overrode the Parole Board’s decision and has kept Inmate Ellesbury in prison. A primary reason for a denial is that this Inmate continued to pose an unreasonable risk to the public.
On June 17th 2020, a 3rd parole hearing was held for Inmate Ellesbury at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy, California. DDA Coffey attended the hearing on behalf of the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office to argue against the Inmate’s release on parole. After nearly 3 hours of testimony and deliberations, the Parole Board voted to deny Inmate Ellesbury’s parole for 3 years.

PEOPLE V. VILLASENOR-OROZCO, BARTOLO - Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 288(a), Lewd and Lascivious Acts on a Child Under 14, to wit a 9 year old. Defendant was sentenced to 6 years state prison. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Lemmon.

AS HEARD IN COURT JUNE 2, 2017

AS HEARD IN COURT JUNE 2, 2017

PEOPLE v. LAFRANCE, PAUL TOM.- Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Penal Code section 273.5(f)(1), Corporal Injury on a Cohabitant with a Prior Domestic Violence Conviction, and Penal Code section 273a(a), Child Endangerment. Defendant was sentenced to 7 years and 4 months in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Orland Police Department Officer Fullmore.