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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.
PEOPLE V. ROBERT MCDONALD - Defendant was convicted of a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 236, False Imprisonment. Defendant was sentenced to 364 days jail. This case was prosecuted by DDA Coffey with assistance from Orland Police Officer Fullmore.
PEOPLE v. SYNDERGAARD, BRETT- Defendant was previously convicted of a felony violation of Vehicle Code sections DUI with Injury and Penal Code section 243.1, Battery on Custodial Officer and was found in violation of probation for the 8th time. Defendant was sentenced to 2 years 8 months state prison. This case was prosecuted by DA Stewart wiith assistance from Glenn County Probation Department Officer Permann.
PEOPLE V. HEAVRIN, CHEYENNE- Defendant was convicted of a felony violation of Penal Code section 69, Resist a Peace Officer by Force. Defendant was sentenced to 863 days jail and 3 years probation. This case was prosecuted by DA Stewart with assistance from the Orland Police Department Officer Simpson.