From the Office of the Alameda County District Attorney

Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Issue 8, 2013 

District Attorney O'Malley Represents Alameda County in
Washington D.C. & Los Angeles
D.A. O'Malley (left) with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, N.Y. 12th District
November 11 - November 17, 2013:

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley traveled to Washington D.C. for meetings to address the important issues of the D.N.A. Backlog Project as well as stronger human trafficking policies. O'Malley scheduled meetings with different legislators and government agencies, including Congressman Eric Swalwell, representative of California's 15th District, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, representative of New York's 12th District, Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and staffers from Senator Diane Feinstein's Office.  

Other officials O'Malley met with include the following:
D.A. O'Malley with Congressman Eric Swalwell, C.A. 15th District


Joye E. Frost, Director   

Office for Victims of Crime  

U.S. Department of Justice 

Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor

Violence Against Women
Office of the Vice President

Congresswoman Barbara Lee  
Representative of the 13th Congressional District of California

Congresswoman Jackie Spier
Representative of the 14th Congressional District of California

Congressman Mike Honda
Representative of the 17th Congressional District of California
D.A. O'Malley with CA Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (right)

Lucy Panza, Legislative Assistant
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer    


November 20, 2013:

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently held a press conference in Los Angeles, California to introduce the newest unit of the California Department of Justice,the Division of Recidivism Reduction and Re-Entry. Several District Attorneys from Northern and Southern California attended this conference in support of this recidivism reduction initiative for California. D.A. O'Malley spoke at the conference in support for this new unit:   


"Any successful crime reduction effort must include a strategic and well planned approach to combating recidivism," said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley. "Both low level criminals as well violent offenders will eventually return to our communities when released from jail or prison, and I welcome the opportunity to work closely with Attorney General Harris' office on putting into place the best possible strategies to reduce crime and recidivism rates."

Click here to read the full press release
D.A. Inspector & Sr. Deputy D.A. Honored by
California Department of Justice
D.A. Inspector Shawn Knight
Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Hutchins

Congratulations to D.A. Inspector Shawn Knight and Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Hutchins,
the recipients of Commendation Awards from the California Department of Justice.
Both were nominated by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

Citizen Certificate of Commendation Award

Mark Hutchins' expertise in criminal law and procedure has been an invaluable aid to officers and prosecutors alike. He is responsible for writing and editing two publications of the Office: Point of View, a quarterly legal publication, and California Criminal Investigation (C.C.I.), an annual publication. Point of View was first published in 1970 when it was written by former Alameda County District Attorney John J. Meehan.Officers throughout California use both Point of View and C.C.I. to learn, stay current and research the rules and principles that are used to assist peace officers in their daily duties.

Peace Officer Certificate of Commendation Award

Shawn Knight joined the D.A.'s office in 2010 after spending 19 years as an officer with the Oakland Police Department. He has become a renowned expert in the field of cellular telephone tracking, tracing, and mapping. Inspector Knight has authored over 20 court orders for cellular telephone records, as well as operated numerous pen registers and phone "pinging" operations. Inspector Knight has proven to be a qualified expert in the area of cellular telephone; he has assisted local law enforcement agencies in on going investigations and provides trainings to Bay Area agencies on this particular subject.


Run for Courage:
The First 5K/10K Run Against Human Trafficking
From left to right: Nola Brantley, co-founder and Executive Director of Mentoring, Inspiring, Serving & Supporting Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSEY), Minh Dang, a trafficking survivor & Former Exec. Dir. of Don't Sell Bodies, and Maia Sciupac, H.E.A.T. Watch Program Coordinator with the Alameda County D.A.'s Office
On Saturday, November 3, 2013, Run for Courage hosted the first 5k/10k run against human trafficking Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. Over 500 people were in attendance including community members, local service provider organizations, and human trafficking survivors.

The opening ceremony highlighted programs and organizations around the Bay Area affecting change to combat human trafficking. Many individuals were also recognized as significant activists who continuously strive to stop human trafficking, including Maia Sciupac, the Program Coordinator for H.E.A.T. Watch with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. 
Run for Courage raised over $300,000 in Northern California alone to fund programs that restore victims of sex trafficking. Run for Courage was founded by Vicki Zito after her 17-year-old daughter was kidnapped, trafficked, and then rescued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation eight days later. This compelled Vicki and her friends to establish Run for Courage, Inc.
Fremont Auto Repair Owner Prosecuted for Insurance Fraud
On November 5, 2013, Lei Liu, the owner of Vanguard Auto Body Repair in Fremont, was convicted of felony insurance fraud as a result of falsifying auto insurance claims to Farmers Insurance Company. From November 13, 2011 to March, 19 2012, Farmers' customers reported problems on cars that had been previously repaired by Vanguard. Farmers reviewed the claim files and performed inspections on eighteen vehicles that had been repaired by Vanguard. Every one of the inspections revealed that Vanguard charged Farmers for repairs not performed or parts not supplied.

Inspectors from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office interviewed Liu and several Vanguard employees. Liu denied the fraudulent conduct, but the information obtained from the employees confirmed that Liu was defrauding Farmers.

Farmers lost a total amount of $44,235 and Liu paid Farmers that full amount prior to the felony disposition. Liu was placed on felony probation as a result of his plea. 
Highlighted Recent Verdicts 

Felony Verdicts  
  • On November 20, 2013, a jury convicted defendants Clem Thompkins and Lamar Fox of two counts of first degree murder, five counts of attempted murder, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gun and gang allegations were found against both defendants and they were convicted of the special circumstance of having committed multiple murders. On April 25, 2011, both defendants, whom are members of a violent West Oakland criminal street gang, were in Jack London Square of Oakland. Defendant Fox spotted a rival gang member and got into a verbal altercation with the gang member. The defendants left Jack London Square, obtained an assault rifle, and returned to Jack London Square looking for the rival gang members. Defendant Fox went to the front entrance of Sweet Jimmie's, a bar and restaurant located on Broadway Avenue in Jack London Square. Defendant Fox did not find rival gang members, but began an altercation with patrons at the bar's front entrance. Defendant Thompkins then got out of the car he was in, walked to the front entrance of Sweet Jimmie's, and fired multiple gunshots into the business using the assault rifle the two defendants obtained earlier that night. The gunshots killed two people - Billy Jenkins and Adam Williams, Jr. - and wounded five others. Police officers recovered the murder weapon at defendant Fox's residence. The defendants will be sentenced on February 13, 2014 and face a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. The prosecutor was DDA Tim Wellman with asssistance from DA Inspector George Phillips. 
  • On November 5, 2013, a jury found the defendant Darvelle Little guilty of Assault with a Semiautomatic Firearm and found that he used a firearm and caused great bodily injury to the victim. The jury also found the defendant guilty of robbery as well as finding that the defendant personally discharged a firearm causing great bodily injury to the victim. On September 30, 2012, the victim and the defendant met in Oakland because the defendant wanted to buy $800 worth of marijuana from the victim. The two had met once before at a concert. The defendant directed the victim to an area of Oakland he was unfamiliar with and asked him to drive into an alley. In the alley, the defendant tried to grab the bag of marijuana. The victim and defendant struggled over the bag and then the defendant pulled out a small silver semi automatic handgun and pointed it at the victim's leg demanding the marijuana. The defendant shot the victim once in the left leg and the bullet severed the victim's femoral artery in his leg. The defendant grabbed the marijuana and ran away from the scene. The victim has had numerous surgeries on his left leg to repair the severed artery. The prosecutor was Allyson Donovan with assistance from DA Inspector Andre Rachal.
For a full description of all felony and misdemeanor verdicts, please visit our website.
D.A. O'Malley Represents Alameda County in D.C. & L.A.
California Department of Justice Award Recipents
Run For Courage: A 5K/10K Marathon Against Human Trafficking
Fremont Auto Repair Owner Prosecuted
Highlighted Recent Verdicts

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