From the Office of the Alameda County District Attorney

Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Issue 9, 2013 

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Seven Deputy D.A.'s "Adopt" Two Families for the Holidays
in partnership with the Alameda Co. Social Services Agency's Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Program

In the spirit of the Holidays, seven Deputy District Attorneys decided to adopt two families for this year's Adopt-A-Family Program sponsored by the Alameda County Social Services Agency. The Social Services Agency received an overwhelming number of requests from families needing assistance this holiday season. Erin Loback, Shara Beltramo, Allyson Donovan, Rebecca Warren, Georgia Santos, Stacie Pettigrew, and Erin Klingsbury rallied together to help this cause. They bought new toys and clothes for five children and four parents. 

 

DDA Rebecca Warren (left) & DDA Erin Loback (right)
Left to Right: DDA Shara Beltramo, DDA Allyson Donovan,

 

Swearing-In New Deputy District Attorneys
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Left to right: William Layne, Shannon Roy, D.A. Nancy E. O'Malley, & Charly Weissenbach
On December 17, 2013, a formal ceremonial swearing-in was held in honor of our three newest Deputy District Attorneys, William Layne, Shannon Roy, and Charly Weissenbach! The Honorable Judge Don Clay administered the Oath of Admission. We are honored to have these three Attorneys begin their new careers in our Office.


Shannon
(left) graduated from USC in 2006 with a degree in International Relations, and from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2013. While in law school, she was very involved in Moot Court. Shannon competed three times and won the National Championship in the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence competition. After that, she externed at the U.S. Attorney's Office in both the Strike Force and the Narcotics units, and spent her 2L summer here at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. 

William
(right) is relishing his induction into the Alameda County District Attorney's office. He graduated from U.C. Irvine with a B.A. in Criminology and went on to U.S.F. Law. While in Law School, Will was very involved on campus. He participated in moot court competitions, tutored first year students in Criminal & Property Law as well as held leadership roles in the S.B.A. and Black Law Students Association.

Charly
(bottom left) graduated from San Diego State University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology, and later from U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 2013. In law school, she competed on Berkeley's National Mock Trial Team, notably mock-prosecuting a murder case with a gang enhancement. Charly's love for trial and criminal law inspires her to continue mentoring mock trial participants and Berkeley Law students. Before joining this office, she worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Narcotics Division, and as a judicial extern for Chief Judge Ware of the Northern District of California.
10th Bay Area H.E.A.T. Coalition Training 
On Thursday, December 12, 2013, more than 200 community members and stakeholders attended the 10th Bay Area H.E.A.T. Coalition (BAHC) Training to learn more about serving
Commerically Sexually Exploited Minors with Intellectual Disabilities.

Alameda County District Attorney
Nancy E. O'Malley participated on the Question & Answer Panel with other highlighted experts including:

Wendy Dutton, Rape Intervention and Prevention Education Coordinator at Highland Hospital

Susan Drager, Director of the Transitional Aged Youth Services Program, WestCoast Children's Clinic

Kate Kosmos, School Psychologist, Oakland Unified School District

Dr. Aisha Mays, Family Physician, Native American Health Center

After the question & answer session, Maia Sciupac, H.E.A.T. Watch Program Coordinator with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, presented updated statistics and data concerning Commercially Sexually Exploited Minors in Alameda County and the Greater Bay Area. She also introduced the H.E.A.T. Watch Toolkit. This contains core components and strategies that model our H.E.A.T. Watch program, allowing attendees to replicate our models in their own local communities.

The Bay Area H.E.A.T. Coalition (BAHC) was established to increase communication, cooperation, and collaboration between local, state, and federal law enforcement, service providers, community members, and existing human trafficking task forces in the nine Bay Area Counties with special emphasis on Alameda, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties

To partner with us and join BAHC, contact info@heat-watch.org and click here to read more about the history of the BAHC on our H.E.A.T. Watch website.
Statewide Gun Buyback 
Oakland Residents Turn In 147 Firearms
Left to right: D.A. O'Malley, Gun By Gun Representative, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, YouthUprising Director Olis Simmons, Gun By Gun Representative, Chief Sean Whent
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Oakland Gun Buyback Event, held at Youth UpRising on 8711 MacArthur Boulevard, resulted in the collection of 147 firearms - 75 handguns, 68 rifles, and four assault weapons. This event was an opportunity to help make the City of Oakland a safer community. Oakland's event, part of a statewide gun buyback initiative, resulted from a partnership between the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Youth Uprising, the City of Oakland, and the Gun by Gun organization. D.A. Nancy O'Malley, Mayor Jean Quan, and Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent all attended this event.
Highlighted Recent Verdicts 

Felony Verdicts   
  • On December 19, 2013, a jury convicted Godfrey Jamal Jackson of second degree murder for killing MiAndrew Rachal. In September 2012, the victim and several friends were drinking and socializing in the 900 block of West MacArthur when an argument erupted between the victim and defendant Jackson. Shortly after the argument ensued, the defendant made a phone call. Within a minute of the phone call, a white car arrived on scene and Jackson retrieved a handgun from the car. Defendant Jackson fired 5 rounds at Mr. Rachal before fleeing in the white car. The case was prosecuted by DDA Autrey James and Inspector Gus Galindo.
  • On December 5, 2013, a jury convicted Alfonzo Collier of aggravated sexual assault of a minor-rape, aggravated sexual assault of a minor-sodomy, rape, and incest. The defendant sexually abused a young girl from the age of 5 until the age of 15. Additional witnesses testified during the trial about their own experience of sexual abuse at the hands of the defendant that occurred years before the victim's abuse. Sentencing is scheduled for February 6, 2014. The prosecutor was DDA Edward Vieira-Ducey.
  • On December 4, 2013, a jury convicted Rolando Castellanos of second degree murder and personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing death. On February 19, 2012, the victim, Hector Ramirez, stole a truck belonging to the defendant's brother from outside the home the defendant shared with his brother. Both the defendant and his brother were alerted to the truck theft while inside their home. The defendant loaded his .22 gauge rifle and the defendant's brother armed himself with a shotgun. Both men hopped into the back of a car driven by their teenage neighbor in search of the victim and the truck. After a few blocks, they spotted the truck and stopped it by cutting it off. The defendant and his brother got out of the car with their weapons and pulled the victim out of the truck. The victim began running from them and both the defendant and his brother shot the victim. The victim died from multiple gunshot and shotgun wounds. The case was prosecuted by DDA Amanda Chavez with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo.
  • On December 2, 2013, a jury convicted Robert Yim of second degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. On May 3, 2010, the defendant was eating at a table with his girlfriend and her one year old daughter at Stonybrook Park in Hayward. A staredown ensued between Yim and the four victims, Samuel Nava III, Daveon Taylor, Jalen Hallman, and Joseph Neils, all of whom were sitting in a parked car in the parking lot. Victim Taylor asked the defendant, "Is there a problem?" The defendant responded verbally and retrieved a gun from his girlfriend's car. After the victims drove away in their car and made a U-Turn at Mission and Industrial Boulevards, the defendant got out of his girlfriend's car, walked on the center median in the direction of the victim's vehicle, and shot at the victim's car. The defendant fired four rounds; one of the shots hit victim Nava in the head and killed him. The other shots hit the car trunk, driver's side rear quarter panel, and the front passenger side window. The prosecutor was DDA Elgin Lowe with assistance from DA Inspector Mark Moreno.
For a full description of all felony and misdemeanor verdicts, please visit our website.
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10th B.A.H.C. Training
Oakland Gun Buyback
Highlighted Recent Verdicts

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