On The Record
The Monthly Newsletter from
San Diego County District Attorney
Bonnie M. Dumanis
Bonnie smiling
December 2009
Happy Holidays from the San Diego County District Attorney's Office!
Wishing you all the best for the season.
DA's Office Sees Success with International Extraditions

Bringing defendants back to San Diego County who have fled to foreign countries can sometimes be a tedious and difficult task.  But the San Diego County District Attorney continues to have great success in returning defendants to San Diego to face justice.
One such extradition of a defendant from Brazil was handled with the help of the U.S. Marshals.  Jared Yaffe was arrested in South America and returned quickly to U.S. to face 17 felony charges related to a child pornography ring and child molestation.
Earlier this year, Roy Mallet was extradited from Mexico and prosecuted by the DA's Family Protection Division. Mallet received 20 years in prison for his conviction on seven counts of sexual assault.

Also this fall, Jose Luis Torres Quiroz, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the molestation of his two biological daughters and step daughter. He was extradited from Mexico in June of this year and was prosecuted by the DA's Sex Crimes Division.

International extraditions is a very detailed area of law, and we are lucky to have knowledgeable people like Deputy District Attorney Sylvia Tenorio in our office to assist in the successful apprehension and ultimate prosecution of these dangerous and predatory criminals. Without their hard work, these offenders may have gone unpunished. Instead, justice was achieved for the victims in these cases.
Board of Supervisors Honors Six Outstanding Prosecutors
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors  honored six prosecutors in November for outstanding work over the past year.
DA Awards
Tom Manning was named ``Prosecutor of the Year'' by the Deputy District Attorney's Association and received a proclamation in November from Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Manning successfully prosecuted a pair of gang members for the December 2006 shooting death of Oceanside police Officer Dan Bessant.

George Bennett was posthumously honored with the Edwin L. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award for his 33 years of service. Bennett, who died of cancer recently, was the prosecutor for two trials of a brother and sister who fatally shot their stepfather and tried to stage it as a home invasion robbery.

``He tried that case again while he had cancer, knew he had cancer, and didn't tell anyone,'' District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.

Also recognized were Deputy District Attorneys Laura Tanney, Sophia Roach, Lucy Weismantel and Kim Lagotta.


Veterans Day Parade Pic

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis honors San Diego County's vets during the annual Veterans Day Parade.
DA's Office Honored as a Great Place to Work
 Workplace Excellence Award
Assistant District Attorney Jesse Rodriguez and Emloyee Relations Chief Cheryl Ruffier accepted a prestigious award from the San Diego Society for Human Resource Mangement, recognizing the DA's Office as a great place to work in San Diego County for the second year in a row.
The DA's Office was honored for its exceptional human resource practices and tremendous office enviornment. The office was presented with this prestigious award at an dinner on November 11.
In This Issue
DA's Office Successful at International Extraditions
Supes Honor Six Prosecutors
Veterans Day Parade
DA's Office Named 'Great Place to Work'
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DANIEL WILLIAM MAY, 29 , was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in prison for shooting and killing a Serra Mesa resident perceived to be his friends' romantic rival.
ROBERT GROSS, 35, was convicted of elder abuse and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury after he struck an 84-year old woman to the ground and stole her purse in Pacific Beach.  He faces up to 19 years in state prison.

DRAGON JONES, 41, known as the ``Backroom Bandit'' pleaded guilty to 20 counts of robbery for holding up small businesses across San Diego County over a one-month period and threatening to shoot female employees if they didn't hand over cash.

STEVEN MEREDITH BIMSON, 65, was sentenced to more than 179 years-to-life in state prison after being convicted of molesting three boys from abusive families, including two who lived with him.  Bimson was convicted on 31 felony charges. The crimes occurred in the 1990's. 

KHARY WATSON, 32,  was convicted of murdering a City Heights woman 15 years ago during a robbery he committed as a teenager.
Jurors convicted him of first-degree murder in the death of Patricia Lopez, who was shot in the back as she walked home with a friend from a store on October 1, 1994. 

CARL WILLIAM DAVID JR., 35, pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter.  David was high on methamphetamine when the van he was driving went onto a sidewalk and killed a women on her morning walk in Sabre Springs.  He faces up to 10 years in prison.


The Employees of the San Diego District Attorney, in partnership with the Community we serve, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, justice and protection of the innocent, and the prevention of crime through the vigorous and professional prosecution of those who violate the law.