Issue 4, 2015

ACFJC Celebrates 10 years of Serving Victims

L - R: Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, BAWAR Executive Director Marcia Blackstock, and Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi.
On June 30, 2015, the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) celebrated ten years helping victims of crime in Alameda County by hosting an Open House for the community. Hundreds of people came out in support of the positive role the Center has played in our community and they enjoyed a BBQ lunch and guided tours of the facilities. 


The founder of the ACFJC, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, spoke of the inspiration behind establishing the center and how much it has grown over the past decade.   


Executive Director of the ACFJC Cherri Allison said, "In our first year of operation, the ACFJC served 3,000 clients. This past year, we served 20,000 clients. That's an incredible improvement and we look forward to continuing to serving our clients and improving our programs to empower them to create brighter and safer futures," Allison said. Read more about the event...        


Watch our short film from the event, 'The ACFJC Turns 10!' . It celebrates the center's decade-long history, and discusses the path for future endeavors. The film also features some women from the ACFLC's El Cafecito group, a women's empowerment group for Spanish speakers. Find out more about how the ACFJC helps victims of crime thrive...  



DA Announces Investigation into Balcony Collapse

Chief Assistant DA Kevin Dunleavy, DA Nancy O'Malley and Assistant DA & PIO Teresa Drenick at the press conference.
On June 25, 2015, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced her office has opened a formal investigation into the residential balcony collapse in Berkeley last week that claimed the lives of six young people and left seven others with serious injuries.

"This tragedy has devastated families communities throughout the Bay Area and Ireland," said DA O'Malley.

To those affected by this tragedy, she pledged a "thorough and exhaustive investigation" into the collapse of the balcony at the 8-year-old Library Gardens building in Kittridge Street, Berkeley.

The DA's Office investigation into the collapse is currently ongoing. Our Victim-Witness Division has reached out to the surviving victims, as well as the families of all the victims, to keep them informed through every step of the process.


Watch the full press conference.   

Conviction in Brutal Berkeley Elder Abuse Case 

June was highlighted as Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and Deputy District Attorneys Scott Ford secured a conviction in a case where the perpetrator specifically targeted the elderly.

On August 22, 2013, defendant Green brutally beat two elderly men in separate robberies. Both victims were walking alone on the street in Berkeley when defendant Green, without any warning, violently physically assaulted them, before taking their property and fleeing the scene. He was found guilty of two counts of robbery, with an enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury, and one count of elder abuse. Read more about the case

Find out more about our Elder Abuse Unit.

DA Office Carries Flame of Hope for Special Olympics     

The DA's Office Team with Chief Assistant DA Kevin Dunleavy, Chief of Inspectors Robert Chenault and DA Nancy O'Malley.
On June 23, 2015, employees from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics of Northern California.

The DA's Office team accepted the 'Flame of Hope' torch from Alameda Police Department, taking it on a four-and-a-half mile course through Alameda and into Oakland. At the end of their route, the team passed the Flame of Hope to representatives from the Oakland Police Department outside their headquarters on 7th Street.


The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 25 years. Read more...

Felony Verdicts 

People v Marquise Lamar Thompson

On June 1, 2015, a jury convicted Marquise Lamar Thompson (aka Marquise Thomas) of first degree murder and premeditated attempted murder. In early March, Thomas' co-defendants Vijay Bhushan and Lilron Ravon Jones were convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder with firearm enhancements. Read more...  

On July 10, 2015, defendant Marquise Thompson was sentenced to 32 years to life, defendant Lilron Jones was sentenced to 114 years to life, and defendant Vijay Bhushan sentenced to 34 years to life. The case was prosecuted by DDA Glenn Kim with assistance from DA Inspector Jeff Ferguson and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.
People v Darren Andre Cleveland   


On June 10, 2015, defendant Darren Andre Cleveland was found guilty of willful, deliberate, premeditated attempted murder with an enhancement for discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury, shooting from a vehicle with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Read more.... 


Sentencing for defendant Darren Andre Cleveland is scheduled for August 12, 2015. The case was prosecuted by DDA Chris Cavagnaro and assisted by Inspector Mark Moreno and Victim-Witness Advocate Lindsay Reynolds.



People v Christopher Edward Moss

On June 17, 2015, a jury convicted Christopher Edward Moss of kidnapping for the purposes of robbery and rape, and a series of robberies, burglaries, and sexual assaults, along with firearm enhancements. Read more... 


Defendant Christopher Edward Moss is scheduled to be sentenced on August 21, 2015. The case was prosecuted by DDA Gemma Daggs with assistance from DA Inspectors Blair Alexander and Kendell Won, and Victim-Witness Advocates Kelli Sage and Maria Suniga.

People v  Paul Booker


On June 22, 2015, a jury found defendant Paul Booker guilty of second degree murder with an enhancement for the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing death.


Defendant Paul Booker will be sentenced on September 18, 2015. The case was prosecuted by DDA Gregory O'Connell with assistance from DA Inspector James Rullamas.

People  v Karl George Sanft


On June 30, 2015, the Honorable Judge Joseph Hurley found defendant Karl George Sanft guilty of two counts of first degree murder and the special circumstances of multiple murder and robbery to be true. Judge Hurley further found the defendant to be sane at the time of the commission of the crimes. Read more... 


The case was prosecuted by DDA Warren Ko with the assistance of Inspector Blair Alexander and Victim-Witness Advocate Jennifer Mello.

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