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05-25-17 A San Luis Obispo Jury deliberated Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning before returning guilty verdicts convicting Philip Ken Trujillo of all four counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter...   >>View Report
05-25-17 District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry T. LaBarbera has ordered McNamara Realty to pay $30,000 for penalties and costs, as a result of...   >>View Report
05-11-17 Parole Board denies parole for murderer Linza Earl Russell after District Attorney opposes release.  In September 1989, a jury convicted Linza Earl Russell of first degree murder in the stabbing death...   >>View Report
04-24-17 Elizabeth Edith Shaw Taken Into Custody and Charged With Embezzling Over One Million Dollars From A Local Construction Company..   >>View Report
04-06-17 Former Arroyo Grande High School Teacher Pleads No Contest to Felony Unlawful Intercourse Sentenced to County Jail for 6 months...   >>View Report
03-30-17 Araceli Cortes has been sentenced to serve one year custody in the county jail and four years of formal probation for fraudulently inducing a 74 year old victim into securing a reverse mortgage on his...   >>View Report
03-30-17 Victims’ Rights Month and Dedication of the Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center on the 40th Anniversary of Victim Witness...   >>View Report
03-14-17 District Attorney and Cal Poly announce new statewide partnership to combat cyber crime in California.  Media invited to grand opening and tour of new Central Coast Cyber Forensics Lab, the first active facility...   >>View Report
02-02-17 The District Attorney’s Office filed two felony charges against Alex Paul Geiger for failing to maintain control of a dangerous animal that led to the death of David W. Fear and serious bodily injury to Betty J. Long...   >>View Report
01-24-17 The District Attorney’s Office has filed a felony criminal complaint against John Lee Wallace for violations of conflict of interest laws while he was the District Administrator of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District...   >>View Report
11- 14-16 After a four week trial, a San Luis Obispo county jury today found James Victor Lypps not guilty of murder in the 2009 death of his wife Sherre Neal Lypps who died at their residence in Morro Bay...    >>View Report
11-10-16 The Board of Parole Hearings today denied the request from Douglas Martin Escobar to be released on parole from his life sentence in state prison for attempted murder of two California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers...    >>View Report
09-28-16 The District Attorney’s Office is pleased to report that Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2687 today, lowering the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration to .04 percent for Uber, Lyft, taxi, and other drivers carrying passengers for hire...   >>View Report
09-14-16 The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit has filed felony election fraud complaints against two members of the California Valley Community Services District (CVCSD) Board of Directors, both of whom recently filed Declarations of Candidacy for reelection to the Board...   >>View Report
09-08-16  District Attorney Dan Dow announced today, the filing of an eight count felony complaint against Jerald Brandon Holman based on a vehicle crash on Highway 166 in rural San Luis Obispo County that occurred around 5:00 p.m., this past Monday which was Labor Day...   >>View Report
09-06-16 A San Luis Obispo Jury convicted defendants Javier Chang and Noe Leon of felony assault with a deadly weapon in violation of Penal Code (PC) section 245(a)(1), and felony aggravated assault in violation of...   >>View Report
08-03-16 A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge sentenced Cayucos resident Oscar Higueros, Jr. today to serve a fixed term of 167 years, 8 months in state prison, to be followed by a 15 years-to-life term. In March of this year, a San Luis Obispo jury found Higueros guilty of human trafficking of a minor...   >>View Report
07-15-16 The San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint in the San Luis Obispo Superior Court charging Manuel Jesus Perez with First Degree Murder in the death of Joseph Charles Kienly IV...   >>View Report
07-11-16 Cameron Marcel Akins was sentenced today to serve five years and two months in state prison based on his felony convictions for attempted home invasion robbery in concert with the use of a firearm, residential burglary, and...   >>View Report
07-01-16 District Attorney Dan Dow has announced that recently retired Deputy District Attorney David W. Pomeroy has been named as the newest recipient of the California District Attorney Association’s John J. Meehan Career Achievement Award.    >>View Report
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06-08-16 Michelle Yvonne Hart of Nipomo, entered a plea of no contest today to Second Degree Murder for killing victim Glen Hurley Fulton while she was driving under the influence of alcohol on...   >>View Report
06-01-16  Eighteen year old Bret Stephen Landen, was sentenced today by Hon. Judge John Trice to serve one year in the San Luis Obispo County Jail and was placed on felony probation for a period of five years...   >>View Report
05-11-16 Former Cal Poly player Cameron Marcel Akins, has entered pleas of no-contest to several felonies including: attempted home invasion robbery in concert with the use of a firearm, residential burglary, and...   >>View Report
04-27-16  The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office announced today that Superior Court Judge Linda Hurst has ordered the release of convicted juvenile murderer Roberto Roman...   >>View Report 
04-20-16  Morro Bay resident Steven Joel York was convicted by a San Luis Obispo County Jury late Tuesday afternoon for felony possession of heroin for sale and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia...   >>View Report 
04-20-16  Atascadero teenager entered a no-contest plea in court today to two felony charges stemming from crimes he committed last September at an Atascadero elementary school. Bret Stephen Landen pled no contest to...   >>View Report
03-07-16 A San Luis Obispo Jury today found San Miguel resident Jose Antonio Rojasbarriga guilty of thirty counts of sexual abuse where he victimized two male victims who were under the age of fourteen.   >>View Report
03-30-16 District Attorney Dan Dow is pleased to announce the following activities that are planned to celebrate Victims’ Rights Month during the month of April 2016...   >>View Report
03-22-16 Today, Judge John A. Trice sentenced Robert John Bergner of Nipomo to serve 20 years-to-life in state prison for sex crimes committed against a female victim who was his adopted daughter. The abusive...   >>View Report
03-10-16 A San Luis Obispo County Jury today found Gregory Arthur Erwin guilty of numerous sexual crimes against two 21-year old women. The crimes occurred on January 22, 2013 in Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo...   >>View Report
03-04-16 A San Luis Obispo County Jury today found Oscar Higueros, Jr., a former volunteer fire fighter in Cayucos, guilty of human trafficking of a minor by using force or fear and guilty of twenty-four (24) additional crimes that include...   >>View Report
02-25-16 Robert John Bergner of Nipomo, entered pleas to Aggravated Sexual Assault of a child under 14 and Forcible Lewd Act on a child under 14. His sentence will be 20 years to life in state prison. Sentencing is set for March 22, 2016 in Department 6.   >>View Report
02-22-16 The San Luis Obispo County Human Trafficking Task Force will be participating in a regional informational summit this Thursday in Fresno. The San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s office is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event, which is one of six such events to be held throughout the state.   >>HEAT Media Advisory   >>View Report
02-01-16 Today, Hon. Judge Jacqueline Duffy sentenced Kenneth Drake Mohr to 7 years in state prison. He was convicted by a San Luis Obispo jury on November 12, 2015, for the Forcible...   >>View Report 
02-01-16 On Wednesday, January 27th 2016, Hon. Judge Donald G. Umhofer sentenced Lacey Fowler to 350 days in county jail, following her plea on January 4th of no contest to felony identity theft...   >>View Report
01-12-16  District Attorney Dan Dow announced today the selection of Diana McPartlan as the Director of the District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Assistance Center. Ms. McPartlan has served...   >>View Report
01-12-16  On Tuesday, January 12th, at 1:30 p.m., District Attorney Dan Dow will ask the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to proclaim the month of January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month...    >>View Report 
01-05-16  Press Release January 5 2016 re Board of Supervisors Decision to Deny Payment of Invoice.   >>View Report
DA Dow's Comments for Board of Supervisors meeting Jan 5 2016 re Jones and Mayer Invoice. >>View Report
Legal Opinion from Martin Mayer re Adjusted Work Schedules CTO June 2015. >>View Report
Memo from Auditor Jim Erb and Email from DA Dow. >>View Report
Packet from County Counsel with Correspondence. >>View Report
12-31-15 Atascadero State Hospital patient Adam Paul Carywas found guilty today based on his plea of no contest to the charge of first degree murder of fellow Atascadero State Hospital patient Kevin Allan Turner...   >>View Report
12-15-15 After a “Fitness Hearing” in San Luis Obispo Juvenile Court today, Bret Stephen Landen (DOB 11/7/97) was found “unfit” for juvenile court, and his case was transferred to adult court...   >>View Report
11-20-15  A San Luis Obispo County Jury today found Richard Scott Brooks, 40, a transient from San Francisco, guilty of human trafficking of a minor by using force or fear and also found Brooks guilty of eighteen additional sex...   >>View Report
11-10-15 At a pre-trial conference held today in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, defendant Tyler Jarvis entered pleas of no contest to five misdemeanor counts, one of which requires formal probation and...   >>View Report
09-30-15 A San Luis Obispo jury convicted Yonas Yohannes of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in violation of Penal Code section 647(b). He was fined, placed on probation for two years, and ordered to serve 10 days...   >>View Report
09-28-15 At 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, a San Luis Obispo County Jury returned a verdict of guilty in the murder trial of John Steven Danner, 23, charged with the death of 47 year old Billy Don Law...   >>View Report
09-25-15 This afternoon, a San Luis Obispo County Jury returned a guilty verdict in the murder trial of Thomas Nolan Yanaga charged with the murder of 32 year old Marshall Chandler Savoy...   >>View Report
09-24-15 Herbert David Brown III, pled no contest to Second Degree Murder in the death of his 22 month old daughter Lily Sommer-Brown...   >>View Report
09-18-15 Three southern California police officers were charged today by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney with multiple counts of misdemeanor child abuse. Charges include corporal punishment causing injury...   >>View Report
08-21-15 Ten defendants were indicted by a criminal grand jury in connection with a cocaine trafficking ring. Seven of the defendants were previously charged by criminal complaint based on the same conduct...   >>View Report
08-07-15-- Felony drug trafficking charges were filed against seven defendants on Friday afternoon. Five were also arraigned on the charges while two remain out of custody at this time...   >>View Report
08-05-15 Fabio Silveira (dob 12/2/94), one of four defendants charged with the human trafficking of a 15 year old girl between July 23rd and July 28th, 2015, appeared in San Luis Obispo Superior Court Department 9 today...   >>View Report
07-30-15 District Attorney Dan Dow announced today the filing of human trafficking related charges against three adults and one juvenile.   >>View Report
07-30-15 A San Luis Obispo jury convicted Jacob Walton (dob: 5/2/1991) of robbery and misdemeanor elder abuse on July 29, 2015.   >>View Report
07-22-15 Judge Donald G. Umhofer granted the District Attorney’s motion to reinstate all felony investment fraud charges and their enhancements against defendants Rod Jarmin, Tammy Jordan, and their business Real Property Lenders...   >>View Report
07-02-15 John Vencent Gaines II, entered pleas of no contest to nine felony counts of child molestation for acts committed in the City of Arroyo Grande between May and August 1999 on a victim who was only eight years old...   >>View Report 
06-08-15 A San Luis Obispo jury convicted Mr. Elias Sosa, 76, of nine felony counts of child molestation against four separate minor victims under the age of fourteen. Eight of the nine counts were for violations of Penal Code...   >>View Report
06-08-15 Jeremy Monn entered pleas of No Contest to Counts 3 and 5 of the Information. The remaining counts were dismissed. Count 3 alleges a felony crime of Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for Lewd Purposes, in violation...   >>View Report
06-04-15 The Securities Fraud and Embezzlement case against Rodney Jarmin, Tammy Jordan, doing business as RPL, will begin jury trial on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Judge Umhofer’s Department 9 of the Superior Court...   >>View Report
05-05-15 George Jessie Gonzales changed his plea to no contest today, with respect to Counts 1, 3, and 5 of the Information, all of which allege robberies. The robberies were alleged to have been committed...   >>View Report
05-04-15 Thomas Yanaga was arraigned in Superior Court Department 6 today before Judge John Trice. He entered a plea of Not Guilty to the charge of murder in the death of Marshall Savoy...   >>View Report
04-20-15 After hearing additional testimony this morning in the final phase of a preliminary hearing, Superior Court Judge John Trice today held Thomas Yanaga to answer for the March 14th, 2015 murder of Marshall Savoy...   >>View Report
04-15-15 The District Attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint charging Lawrence Jones with four felony and two misdemeanor crimes based on conduct previously reported...   >>View Report
04-15-15 Thomas Yanaga, currently charged in San Luis Obispo County with the March 14th, 2015, murder of Marshall Savoy, was arrested early this morning in Kings County for attempted murder...   >>View Report
04-09-15 On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the District Attorney’s Office received a final report issued by the County Auditor concluding that a long standing past practice of the District Attorney’s Office...   >>View Report


The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office would like the public to be aware of a Green Dot MoneyPak Card Scam that has been reported by local consumers. Consumers are receiving several different types of calls...

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Superior Court Judge John Trice sentenced Cristina Padilla to state prison for 16 years today, for a series of bank robberies that occurred between February and August of 2013...

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A San Luis Obispo jury found Andrew Gilbertson guilty of both counts with which he was charged – robbery and burglary of a local Bank of America. The same jury also found that he was sane when he committed the crimes...

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District Attorney Dan Dow is pleased to announce implementation of a new diversion program for first time offenders who are suspected of committing low level misdemeanor crimes...

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California has been identified by the FBI as one of the primary transit and destination states for human trafficking victims. San Luis Obispo County is a natural corridor for human trafficking activities between...

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