Public Safety

AS HEARD IN COURT FEBRUARY 18, 2022

PAROLE DENIED!

 

PEOPLE V. FRANCISCO MEDINA:  A parole hearing was conducted today from California State Prison, Corcoran for Inmate Francisco Medina. On October 28, 1999, Inmate Medina was 18 years old when he committed the life offense of Second Degree Murder by shooting and killing 19-year-old victim, Christopher Clark in Willows, CA. Inmate Medina was 19 years old when he was sentenced to 15 years to life.  Inmate Medina was 31 years old at his first parole hearing in 2013 when parole was previously denied. Since that parole hearing, he obtained a new felony conviction in 2017, Possession of Heroin in Prison, for an additional and consecutive two year sentence from Kings County. The Parole Board denied Inmate Medina's parole for 3 years, when he will be eligible for a hearing for a fifth time. The parole hearing was virtually attended by Assistant District Attorney Ruby Neumann, who opposed the parole on behalf of Glenn County as well as Mr. Christopher Clark's mother and Victim Witness Advocate Pinedo.  

 

AS HEARD IN COURT FEBRUARY 23, 2018

PEOPLE V. MCMILLEN, RYAN- Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Penal Code section 666.5/10851(a), Vehicle Theft with a Prior Vehicle Theft, Penal Code section 496(a), Receiving Stolen Property over $950, Penal Code section 594(b)(1), Vandalism with Damage over $400, and Penal Code section 667.5(b), 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 Glenn County Sheriff's Office Detectives Knight and Blair, Deputies Lorenzo and Thompson, and Sgt. Holley and Orland Police Department Officers Branson and Roenspie. 

AS HEARD IN COURT FEBRUARY 7, 2020

PEOPLE V. AULT, SARA ANN - Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 496d(a), Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Defendant was sentenced to 3 years prison and is to serve 1 year local prison and 2 years on Mandatory Supervision. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from CHP Willows Officers Cleek and Nibert. 

AS HEARD IN COURT FEBRUARY 9, 2018

PEOPLE V. ROTHGERY, CRYSTAL- Defendant was convicted by jury of a felony violation of Penal Code section 451(d), Arson of Property. Defendant was also convicted of misdemeanor violations of Vehicle Code section 14601.1(a), Driving without a License, and 14601.3(a), Habitual Traffic Offender.  Defendant was previously on felony probation for a violation of Penal Code section 4573.6(a), Bringing Drugs into the Jail, and 2 separate misdemeanor cases. Defendant was found in violation of probation on 3 separate cases. Defendant was sentenced to 540 days in county jail, 3 years formal probation, and probation was terminated in 3 cases. A hearing has been set for the restitution to the victim for the vehicle that was burned in the arson. The case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Orland Police Department Officer Branson.

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 12, 2018

PEOPLE V. CAMPBELL, CHAD- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 666.5, Vehicle Theft with a Prior Conviction for Vehicle Theft. Defendant was sentenced to 4 years in state prison plus a 16 months consecutive prison term from Napa County for a total of 5 years and 4 months in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from California Highway Patrol Officer Owens.

AS HEARD IN COURT JANUARY 21, 2022

PAROLE DENIED!

In 1998, Inmate Gerardo Valenzuela beat Ventura Ruiz to death with a hammer and then attempted to do the same to Efrain Garcia. In 1999, he was convicted of Second Degree Murder and Attempted Second Degree murder for his crimes. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

On January 14th 2022 a parole hearing was held for Inmate Valenzuela. Deputy District Attorney Michael Coffey attended the hearing on behalf of the People of Glenn County to oppose his release. After a hearing that lasted more than 3 hours, the parole board determined that Inmate Valenzuela continues to pose an unreasonable risk to the public and denied his parole for 3 years.

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 2, 2021

PEOPLE V. THOMAS MICHAEL BUTLER - Defendant was convicted of misdemeanor violations of Penal Code section 273.5, Corporal Injury to his Girlfriend, 488, Petty Theft, and Health and Safety Code section 11364(a), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Defendant's probation on 2 other cases was terminated. Defendant was sentenced to 694 days jail. This case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from Orland Police Department Sergeants Cessna and Johnson and Officers Andrade and Roenspie, and Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Huichapan.

PEOPLE V. CYNTHIA SARAH HARDIE - Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 311.11(c)(1), Possession of Over 600 Images of Child Pornography. Defendant was sentenced to 360 days jail and 2 years probation. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from Glenn County Sheriff's Office Detective Lopeteguy. 

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 23, 2017

PEOPLE V. RODRIGUEZ, JAIME- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 273.5(a), Corporal Injury on the Mother of his Children, and two misdemeanor violations of Penal Code section 273.6(a), Violation of a Criminal Protective Order. Defendant was sentenced to 5 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Neumann with assistance from Willows Police Department Sgt. Walter and Officer Sheldon and Victim Witness Advocate Pinedo.

AS HEARD IN COURT JUNE 25, 2021

PEOPLE V. JON FREDERICK KELLEY III- This incident occurred on December 25, 2020 in the city of Orland.  Defendant was convicted of felony violations of Penal Code sections 245(a)(1), Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Victim #1 with a special allegation 12022.5(a), Personal Discharge and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of Felony, 246, Shooting at an Inhabited Dwelling on Victim #2, 22810(a), Use of Tear Gas by a Felon, 29800(a)(1), Felon in Possession of Firearm, 69, Resist Peace Officer with Force or Violence on Victim #3, 71, Threaten Police Officer In Course of Duty on Victim #4, 422(a), Criminal Threats on Victim #5. Defendant was sentenced to 19 years state prison. This case was prosecuted by ADA Neumann with assistance from Orland Police Department Officer Carmon and Pinedo, CHP Officer Rodgers, Butte County CPS, and Glenn County Sheriff's Office Deputies Sheldon, Martinez, White, Beckett, and Corporal Berlier.