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Ventura County District Attorney Notes Disturbing Spike In DUI Fatalities

Ventura County District Attorney Notes Disturbing Spike In DUI Fatalities

VENTURA, California – Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that case filings of DUI-related traffic fatalities were at the highest level in 10 years and warned the public not to drink and drive as the holiday weekend approaches. In 2021, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed eight cases of vehicular manslaughter while […]

Murder Charge Filed In Fatal Hit And Run Of 16-Year-Old Bicyclist

Murder Charge Filed In Fatal Hit And Run Of 16-Year-Old Bicyclist

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Julio Cesar Sanchez (DOB 06/10/82), of Oxnard, has been charged with second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter, and hit and run resulting in the death of a 16-year-old victim. On September 29, 2021, Sanchez was driving on Hemlock Street in Oxnard […]

Oxnard, CA | Fatal Hit And Run Traffic Collision Involving A Vehicle And Bicyclist

Oxnard, CA | Fatal Hit And Run Traffic Collision Involving A Vehicle And Bicyclist

DATE: September 30, 2021 9:00 p.m.   SUBJECT: Fatal hit and run traffic collision involving a vehicle and bicyclist LOCATION: Hemlock Street east of N Street, Oxnard SUSPECT: Julio Cesar Sanchez, 39-year-old of Oxnard VEHICLE: Red 1995 Honda Civic BICYCLIST: 16-year-old male of Port Hueneme, CA                  CONTACT: Jose Diaz, Senior Officer (805) 385-7749 | […]

Oxnard Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Shooting

Oxnard Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Shooting

Jonathan Zambrano (DOB 1/24/90), of Oxnard, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and admitted personally using a firearm in the killing of Albert Salazar, also from Oxnard. On July 19, 2017, Zambrano, Mr. Salazar, and others were in the 1300 block of West Guava Street standing outside of a residence. Perceiving Mr. Salazar as a threat, […]

Is sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander – Should Sierra Club Join PG&E in Pleading Guilty to Manslaughter?

Is sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander – Should Sierra Club Join PG&E in Pleading Guilty to Manslaughter?

    By John Grant PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter… (LA Times, March 23, 2020)  PG&E plead guilty because it acknowledged failing to properly maintain… equipment.  Should the Sierra Club also be held guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter?  Per NPR (National Public Radio) At Least 14 People Killed In West Coast Wildfires!  […]

PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter in California Wildfire

PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Involuntary Manslaughter in California Wildfire

LOS ANGELES—Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) pleaded guilty on June 16 to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a devastating 2018 wildfire in Northern California touched off by the utility company’s power lines. The guilty plea, part of an agreement with prosecutors in Butte County, is intended to end all criminal proceedings against PG&E […]

Messaging as Manslaughter: Massachusetts Modernizes the Salem Witch Trials

Messaging as Manslaughter: Massachusetts Modernizes the Salem Witch Trials

   by Thomas L. Knapp In July of 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in Fairhaven, Massachusetts by pumping carbon monoxide into the cab of his truck. In a bench trial, a judge convicted Roy’s 17-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Carter, of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced her to 2 1/2 years in prison. In May of 2019, […]

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in 2015 Metrolink Fatality

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in 2015 Metrolink Fatality

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez (DOB 9/26/60), of Yuma, Arizona, pled guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.  The charges stem from the February 24, 2015, Metrolink grade-crossing collision and train derailment in Oxnard, in which train engineer Glenn William Steele was killed and others were injured. Sanchez-Ramirez was […]

Man Charged with Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

Man Charged with Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Shane Felton Loomis (DOB 07/17/72), of Thousand Oaks, has been charged with one count of felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a special allegation of having a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher. This charge stems from a solo traffic collision that occurred […]

Ventura Woman Sentenced to Prison For 2009 Killing of Her Aunt

Ventura Woman Sentenced to Prison For 2009 Killing of Her Aunt

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that Gina Drake (DOB 10/31/66), of Ventura, was sentenced by Judge Gilbert Romero to a term of 11 years in prison after being convicted by plea of voluntary manslaughter, a violent felony, for the killing of her aunt, Wendy DiRodio.  Drake had also admitted using a […]

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