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					                                                                             2007 Annual Report


“Let Justice Be Done, Though the Heavens May Fall”                           ROD PACHECO
                                                                             District Attorney
        Quote attributed to British Lord Chief Justice Mansfield regarding
           the 1772 landmark trial that abolished slavery in England
                                                                             Riverside County
The Riverside Historic Court House, built in 1903 and inspired by French beaux-arts design, is located in downtown Riverside
                               Mission Statement


We are committed to ensuring that justice is done and the community is protected.

We prosecute the guilty, safeguard the innocent, and protect victims and their rights.




                                 ROD PACHECO
                                  District Attorney
                                  Riverside County
Corridor of the Riverside Historic Court House
            TABLE OF CONTENTS



Message from District Attorney Rod Pacheco    3
Leadership in Public Safety                   4
District Attorney Programs                    5
District Attorney Values and Organization    17
District Attorney Divisions                  21
Western Division                             22
      Court Operations                       23
      Major Crimes                           25
      Family Protection                      29
      Special Prosecutions                   31
      Juvenile Division                      32
Eastern Division                             34
Southwest Division                           36
Bureau of Investigations                     38
Division of Victim Services                  40
Administrative Division                      43
Executive Division                           49
District Attorney Awards                     51
Special Thanks                               55

                                                  Front Entrance of the Riverside Historic Court House   1
Accompanied by his family, District Attorney Rod Pacheco was sworn into office by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George
                                    January 2, 2007 on the steps of the Historic Riverside Court House
A Message from the District Attorney


 2007 for our office was an extraordinary time. It marked     Stopping the dramatic growth of gangs, and the violence
 a moment of generational change throughout, the              and fear they bring, became our highest priority.
 emergence of new leaders, remarkable innovations
 created and implemented, great challenges overcome,          Another more subtle challenge was our office’s
 and a reaffirmation of our mission and principles to         continued evolution from a midsize prosecutorial
 which we are dedicated.                                      agency to a major metropolitan office. New practices
                                                              and protocols were developed to ensure effective and
 There were many new and ambitious projects and               efficient administration of the over 60, 000 filed criminal
 practices. We substantially deepened and broadened           cases that arrived in 2007. Much more importantly, we
 our commitment to the victims of our community by            reaffirmed our commitment to the development of the
 bringing attention to their plight and by implementing       people with whom we work. New training programs
 comprehensive new internal practices to ensure “A            were created for all segments of our office and old ones      ROD PACHECO
 Victim’s Voice Will Be Heard.”                               rejuvenated.                                                  Riverside County
                                                                                                                            District Attorney
 We also embarked on new and greater collaborations           As has been a hallmark of our team, it continues to
 with law enforcement and other institutions, such as local   perform at the highest level and as the most effective
 police agencies, the Sheriff’s Department, United States     prosecutorial office in the state, if not the nation. Our
 Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Justice. We         conviction rate was over 94% and was again the highest
 recognized that combining resources has a synergistic        in the state.
 effect and creates a powerful momentum that allowed
 us to more effectively protect our citizens.              Clearly our greatest resource is the people who have
                                                           dedicated themselves to protecting a community. This
 2007 was also a year marked by significant and successful report is a proud chronicle of their incredible efforts
 efforts targeting our community’s greatest threats – and substantial sacrifices made on behalf of a grateful
 gangs and sexual predators.                               community.



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                                               LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SAFETY
                                    New and Innovative Public Safety Tools Created or Enhanced in 2007




    VICTIM RIGHTS PROJECT              MOST WANTED FUGITIVES              GANG TASK FORCE COMBINES       FEDERAL AGREEMENT TO
    IMPLEMENTED TO ENSURE ALL          IDENTIFIES VIOLENT FUgITIVES AND   COUNTyWIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT     PROSECUTE AND DEPORT ILLEgAL
    VICTIM AND WITNESS RIgHTS ARE      INFORMS THE COMMUNITy AND          RESOURCES TO PREVENT,          IMMIgRANT gANg MEMBERS
    SAFEgUARDED                        MEDIA                              INTERVENE, AND SUPPRESS gANg
                                                                          ACTIVITy                       FEDERAL LAWSUIT TO PREVENT
    VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK HELD          COLLEGE ACADEMY INTERNSHIP                                        THE EARLy RELEASE OF PRISONERS
    EVERy APRIL TO PAy TRIBUTE TO      FOR POTENTIAL LAW STUDENTS,        COLD HIT UNIT RE-OPENS OLD,
    CRIME VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS        PARALEgALS, AND VICTIM             SERIOUS UNSOLVED CRIMES        STRIKE FORCE JUDGES TO RELIEVE
    By HOLDINg MULTIPLE EVENTS         ADVOCATES                          AND MATCHES THE “HIT” TO THE   COURT CONgESTION
    THROUgHOUT THE COUNTy                                                 PERPETRATOR
                                       CITIZENS ACADEMY EDUCATES                                         EXECUTIVE DIVISION CREATED
    GANG INJUNCTION TURNED             PARTICIPANTS ABOUT THE             PRISON CRIMES UNIT IMPROVES    TO BETTER SERVE THE COMMUNITy
    A gANg’S TERRITORy INTO A          CRIMINAL JUSTICE SySTEM AND        THE INVESTIgATION AND
    SAFETy zONE WHERE MERE gANg        ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE          PROSECUTION OF CRIMES          K-12 SCHOOL CRIMES GUIDE
    ASSOCIATION IS A CRIME                                                COMMITTED IN PRISONS           PROVIDED TO EDUCATORS AND
                                       SEXUAL ASSAULT FELONY                                             SCHOOL DISTRICTS
    CALIFORNIA GANG SUMMIT             ENFORCEMENT TEAM (SAFE)            DEATH PENALTY REFORM
    TRAININg PROVIDED AN               IDENTIFIES, MONITORS, AND          LEGISLATION TO ExPEDITE        IN-DEPTH EMPLOYEE TRAINING
    OPPORTUNITy TO SHARE               ENFORCES REgISTRATION              CAPITAL CASES AND SHORTEN      FOR ALL EMPLOyEES
    IMPORTANT PROACTIVE gANg-          REqUIREMENTS FOR SExUAL            UNNECESSARy DELAyS
    SUPPRESSION STRATEgIES             OFFENDERS



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                                                        District Attorney Programs




Riverside County Gang Task Force trains for a mission
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                                                                          VICTIM RIGHTS PROJECT
                               At the direction of District Attorney Rod Pacheco, staff              letters were generated to victims and witnesses; more than
                               from every division participated in various committees and            300 copies of the database have been distributed throughout
                               subcommittees to answer the question…Are we, as an office,            the state; and thousands of Victim Rights Manuals have been
                               providing all rights to victims and witnesses that are afforded       mailed or distributed to victims, advocates, district attorneys,
                               under the law?                                                        and crime victim groups.

                               The first task of the project was to identify all victim and          As a result of this project and as required by law, all victims
                               witness rights. After several reviews, 215 rights were identified.    and witnesses on every filed case receive letters and brochures
                               These rights were entered into a database so the rights can           advising them of all their legal rights throughout the court
                               be searched and located easily. Additionally, a Victim Rights         process. Additionally, advocates now contact victims personally
                               Manual was created to provide the same information in a               to advise them of their rights while deputy district attorneys
                               printed version.                                                      ensure that these rights are upheld in court.

                               Unfortunately, it was determined that we were providing some
                               of the rights most of the time but not all of the rights all of the
                               time. This discovery prompted the second phase of the project.
                               We developed office protocols to ensure that every right was
                               provided every time.

                               Since most of the rights dealt with proper notification, three
                               protocols were created: Mail Notice, Real-Time Notice, and
                               Training and Compliance. Mail Notice encourages victims to
                               contact Victim Services through mailed letters and brochures.
                               Real-Time Notice accommodates time sensitive situations
                               by stationing an advocate in the courtroom to call victims
                               and advise them of their rights and options immediately.
                               Training and Compliance is a newly created position whose
                               responsibilities will include updating the Victim Rights database
                               and all written materials, providing in-house training, and
                               working with outside entities to encourage compliance.
                                                                                                            To view the Witness Rights Manual or Brochure please visit
                               Since implementation in August 2007, approximately 11,705                             http://www.rivcoda.org/VS/victimRights




    Megan Drumal, friend of homicide victim, Rilee Sexton, inspired the Victim Rights Manual cover with her powerful public tribute
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                  2007 VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK
To recognize the devastating impact of violence on individuals, communities, and our nation,
the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office paid tribute to crime victims and survivors by
holding multiple events throughout the county during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The first three evenings of the week hosted candlelight vigils in the three main geographic
regions of the county, to honor those lost to violent crime. Each vigil featured speakers that
included community leaders, victim advocates, and survivors of homicide. The program also
included the reading of names of homicide victims from the previous year and the names of
past victims, if surviving family requested or was present. Over 300 names were read and over
800 people attended the events countywide.

On Thursday, a March for Victims’ Rights began at the Riverside County Administrative Center.
The march ended at the steps of the Riverside Historic Court House where the official ceremony
took place. Advocates contacted victims and personally invited them to not only attend the           District Attorney Rod Pacheco (right) holds his son’s hand as he leads Attorney General
                                                                                                     Jerry Brown and a crowd of nearly 2,000 people during the 2007 Victims’ Rights March.
events, but to participate by creating memory boards and marching posters of loved ones who
lost their lives to violent crime. Over 220 memory boards were displayed on more than 1,700
square feet of fencing in front of the historic court house. Approximately 2,000 people marched
and carried nearly 200 marching posters that day.

The march featured widely respected speakers from across the state which included Attorney
General Jerry Brown, Nina Salarno (Sister of Carina Salarno and Treasurer for Crime Victims
United), Lory Gleason (Mother of Ryan Smith & MADD Victim Advocate), Susan Fischer (Sister
of Ron Ruse & governor’s Crime Victim Advocate), Linda Soubirous (Widow of Kent Hintergardt
& Past National President of Concerns of Police Survivors), Erin Runnion (Mother of Samantha
Runnion & Founder of The Joyful Child Foundation), Michael Reynolds (Brother of Kimber
Reynolds & Vice Chairman of Three Strikes & you’re Out), Joseph Alarcon (Survivor, Uncle of
Amber Rose Martinez, and MADD State Representative), and Collene Campbell (Mother of
Scott Campbell, and Sister of Mickey Thompson, and former Mayor of San Juan Capistrano).

The week concluded with an uplifting and inspirational guardian of Justice Awards Luncheon.
The luncheon paid tribute to crime victims and survivors and honored service providers,
justice and law enforcement professionals, and community leaders for their united efforts in
strengthening justice. Over 500 people comprised of victims and their families, elected officials,
law enforcement, service providers, and staff attended the luncheon. The luncheon also unveiled
a video tribute “A Victim’s Voice Will Be Heard” where Rod Pacheco discussed the importance
of victims’ rights, victim advocates expressed compassion, and violent crime survivors shared
                                                                                                              To view videos and news coverage from Victims’ Rights Week please visit
heartfelt thoughts and experiences.
                                                                                                           http://www.rivcoda.org/Programs/RightsWeek08/VictimRightsVideos.html
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Nearly 2,000 people marched for victims’ rights in Downtown Riverside on Thursday, April 26, 2007
 VICTIMS’ RIGHTS MARCH
 COURTHOUSE CEREMONY

“The burden of profound sadness that so many
of us carry must be shared. The life stories of our
loved ones must be told. The loss we have had
must be explained. The voices of victims must
be spread by all of us. A victim’s voice must be
spread by prosecutors who ensure justice is done,
by police officers who investigate and bring to
justice those who have caused the pain, and by
victim advocates who comfort families and victims
and guide them through a process that too often
disregards them.

Victims’ voices will be heard over the complacent
hum of our daily routine. We will strive to not only
remember the past, but make decisions for the
future. It is not just about the victims of yesterday,
it is also about the victims we save tomorrow.

Our children must be protected, our elderly must
be protected, and all of those in between. Victims’                                               A Victim’s Voice
voices can save lives.”
                                                         “One night, while I was ironing in our bedroom and my husband of over 50 years was a couple of
                                                         feet away lying in bed watching TV, he was shot through the window by a stranger and later died.
“A Victim’s Voice Will Be Heard”
                                                         Although it took four long years before his case went to trial, I never felt alone in the process.
                                                         There was a great team working on this case. The detectives, District Attorney, and victim services
ROD PACHECO                                              advocates did so much for us. They were always so kind to give us the information and support that
District Attorney                                        we needed through every step of the process. I had such a positive experience that I am now going
                                                         to be a volunteer at the District Attorney’s Office, so that I can give back to others.”
    Excerpt taken from District Attorney Rod Pacheco’s
                                                         - Florence Jacques
      speech at the inaugural Victims’ Rights March                                                                                                      9
                                                                          RIVERSIDE COUNTY’S FIRST GANG INJUNCTION
                                                          Benjamin Franklin cautioned, “An ounce of prevention is worth          convictions among them including murder, attempted murder,
                                                          a pound of cure.” The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office      assaults, robberies, weapons possession, and drug sales. Seven
                                                          takes these words to heart by seeking tough sentences to deter         ESR gang members were currently pending trial for murder and
                                                          future gang crime; overseeing Project Safe Neighborhoods,              several were facing trial for attempted murder. Combined there
                                                          an innovative community program that offers insight and                were 47 pending criminal cases.
I realize that it is nearly impossible to get press on
                                                          education to at-risk youth, and the first gang injunction.
positive things. However, I believe when something
                                                                                                                                 The Riverside Police Department hired retired gang detective
positive takes place in our community it should be
                                                          An injunction is not a criminal case, but a lawsuit against a gang     Terry Redfearn to lend his gang expertise. Detective Redfearn’s
reported. I was born in Riverside, and I have a rich
                                                          and its members filed in civil court by the District Attorney’s        declaration alone was 99 pages long and included a history of
family tradition here along with so many African-
                                                          Office. It declares the gang a public nuisance and prohibits           the gang and each of the 114 representative members, adding
Americans who excelled in athleticism and other areas     gang members from affiliating, blocking access to businesses           more than 400 additional hours to the effort.
of academia. My community office and church are only      and sidewalks, intimidating others, wearing gang clothes,
a couple of hundred yards from this park. So when I       displaying gang signs, and engaging in other gang-related              Between 2000 and 2007, these 114 criminals had over 1,000
say there has been a change for the good: “There has      activities within a specified “Safety zone”. The injunction turns      contacts with law enforcement. The Police reports, gang
been a change for the good!”                              the gang’s territory or “turf” into the Safety zone where mere         contacts, criminal histories, and court documents regarding
                                                          gang association is a crime.                                           the gang filled five double-wide file cabinets. Prosecutors
I am thankful for the way Patterson Park has been                                                                                reviewed each sheet of paper and prepared a summary of each
cleaned up. It does my heart good to see families         In late 2006, the Riverside Police Department requested that the       significant incident for the injunction lawsuit. They summarized
congregating and picnicking at the park late into the     District Attorney’s Office pursue and secure a gang injunction         each of the 1,000 plus incidents that comprised more than 300
night. I have even witnessed African-American and         against Eastside Riva (ESR), Riverside’s most violent and largest      pages. Incredibly, these documents showed only a fraction of
Mexican youth walk by the park without their lives        criminal street gang. While a gang injunction had never been           the gang’s activity.
being threatened. This is a change!                       done before in Riverside County, gang injunctions had been
                                                          granted in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties for             Serving the gang members with the lawsuit required the
A few years ago, we had Bobby Bonds, Dusty Baker, Stan    over a decade.                                                         collaboration and assistance of over 100 law enforcement
Davis, and even Barry Bonds come to help us regain the                                                                           officers. In one day, 89 of the 114 members were served with
park. The Riverside Park and Recreation Department        Eastside Riva has terrorized the east side of Riverside for decades.   copies of the lawsuit. Additionally, officers conducted probation
played a major role. On that day, we prayed for the       Through the years, the gang has recruited and victimized               and parole searches while serving the lawsuit, resulting in the
neighborhood and park as the teams took the field. I      thousands of people. Starting around 2002, the gang targeted           arrest of ten gang members and the recovery of six firearms.
believe god has answered our prayer, and I believe he     African-American males, killing many of them only because of
used District Attorney Rod Pacheco as an instrument in    the color of their skin.                                               On January 24, 2008, the judge granted a permanent injunction
getting this done. He has taken much criticism along                                                                             against Eastside Riva on the basis of clear and convincing
with edifying remarks concerning his gang removal         Senior Deputy District Attorney Jack Lucky spearheaded this            evidence that Eastside Riva was a criminal street gang that
program. But what we must all acknowledge is that         project. Researching the gang and preparing the lawsuit took           created a public nuisance in the Safety zone.
lives are being saved. We need to sit and talk with him   over 2,000 attorney, paralegal, law clerk, and gang specialist
and find out what further can be done to assure our       hours. Starting with a list of over 600 suspected gang members         The ESR safety zone protects six schools (Longfellow Elementary,
safety in other areas as well. Thank you.                 and associates, prosecutors looked at each person’s gang               University Heights Middle School, Lincoln Continuation School,
                                                          contacts, associations, arrests, and convictions.                      John W. North High School, Riverside Polytechnic High School,
Reverend Dr. Jerry P. Louder                                                                                                     and Temple Beth El) and five city parks (Bobby Bonds, Lincoln,
Riverside Opportunity Center, Founder                     Eastside Riva had 114 gang members with 330 criminal                   Patterson, Dario Vasquez, and White).
and Pastor of the New Jerusalem Christian Center Church
                                                                            For more information on the gang injunction, please view http://www.rivcoda.org/gangInjunctions.html
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           RIVERSIDE COUNTY’S FIRST GANG SUMMIT
During the week of November 5-9, 2007, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and
the Riverside County gang Investigators’ Association (RCgIA) hosted the first gang Summit
for Riverside County, the 2nd Annual gang Summit for California. The Summit, held at the
Riverside Convention Center, consisted of two separate tracks: a five-day law enforcement
track and a one-day community track.

Led by Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and RCgIA president Frank Assumma,
the law enforcement track was attended by more than 400 participants comprised of more
than 120 officers from over 40 jurisdictions, and more than 80 deputy district attorneys from
at least nine different counties. Training, contributing information, and networking provided
an opportunity to share important proactive gang-suppression strategies.

Honorable guests and speakers in the law enforcement track included California Attorney
general Jerry Brown, United States Attorney Thomas O’Brien, Colusa County District Attorney
John Poyner, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, Santa Barbara County
District Attorney Christie Stanley, Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua,
and Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. In addition to these distinguished guests
and speakers, there were a total of 17 presentations.

During the one-day community track, nearly 200 community leaders, community members,
outreach groups, school principals, educators, counselors, and school resource officers joined
together to learn about 16 different methods of proactive community-based strategies to
help discourage gang affiliation and gang activity.



“The partnership between the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the Riverside
County Gang Investigators’ Association was a key factor to the success of the 2007 Gang
Summit by making it possible to provide low-cost, quality training to the community and
                                                                                                 This MySpace photo depicts a juvenile with a high
law enforcement.”                                                                                caliber rifle; after a gang intervention meeting the
- Frank Assumma, President of the Riverside County Gang Investigators’ Association               weapon was recovered and the juvenile was convicted
                                                                                                                 for gang related activity
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                     ANTHONY PAEZ
       WANTED FOR: ARMED ROBBERy/ATTEMPTED MURDER
        DATE OF CRIME: SEPTEMBER 6, 2007/MAy 23, 2008
            CRIME LOCATION: DESERT HOT SPRINgS



In September 2007, as three friends arrived at a Coachella Valley residence, two
men exited a faded red Ford Explorer parked across the street. Anthony Albert Paez
and his crime partner approached the three friends when Paez pointed a handgun
at the victims and demanded their money. In January 2008, after a multi-agency
manhunt, Paez was apprehended, arrested, and charged with armed robbery. Three            Countless Riverside County victims remain without a resolution to crimes
months later, an arrest warrant was issued for Paez when he failed to appear at his
arraignment. In May 2008, less than one month after the warrant was issued, an            committed against them or their loved ones. A new program developed
officer attempted to stop a car violating traffic laws. Paez leaned out of the speeding   by District Attorney Rod Pacheco, in partnership with the Riverside County
car and fired three shotgun rounds at the officer. Paez again managed to evade            Sheriff’s Department, Valley Crime Stoppers, The Desert Sun newspaper and
officers. PAEz IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANgEROUS. Anyone with information
about his whereabouts is encouraged to anonymously contact CRIME STOPPERS at
                                                                                          CBS Channel 2 Local News provides hope to many Coachella Valley victims.
(760) 341-STOP.
                                                                                          “Oftentimes, the public holds the key to solving some of the most complex
                                                                                          crimes. Connecting information from the public and partnering it with
                                             ROBERT CRUZ                                  information from law enforcement may help solve some of these troubling
                               WANTED FOR: ATTEMPTED MURDER/JAIL ESCAPE                   crimes and put our most dangerous fugitives behind bars”, said District Attorney
                                DATE OF CRIME: JUNE 19, 2005/JUNE 15, 2006
                                  CRIME LOCATION: COACHELLA/BLyTHE
                                                                                          Rod Pacheco.

                                                                                          The program distributes information about the fugitives to the community and
The victim visited his girlfriend on June 18, 2005. As the victim left he was stopped     asks for tips on their whereabouts. Law enforcement then uses these tips to
by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, Robert Cruz (a known gang member) and nine fellow
gang members. As he attempted to flee in his vehicle, Cruz pulled out a gun. One
                                                                                          track down fugitives and bring them to justice.
of the gang members shouted, “Blast that punk!” Cruz fired, striking the victim in
the arm, stomach, and thigh. Cruz was apprehended 7 months later. In June 2006,           The District Attorney’s Office identifies fugitives who may be roaming our
pending trial and facing 22 years to life in prison if convicted, Cruz and nine other
inmates escaped from the Riverside County Jail in Blythe, CA. Cruz remains at large
                                                                                          community and provides information to the media on a weekly basis. The
and has family ties in the Coachella Valley. Investigators believe he splits his time     program is featured on CBS Channel 2 Local News and in the Desert Sun
between Mexico and the Coachella Valley. CRUz has stated he will NOT go back to           newspaper. Viewers and readers are directed to contact the Crime Stoppers tip
prison and should be considered ARMED AND DANgEROUS. Anyone with information              line if they have any information about the fugitives.
about his whereabouts is encouraged to anonymously contact CRIME STOPPERS
immediately at (760) 341-STOP.
                                in collaboration with
                                                                                              To view fugitive information and news coverage about Riverside County’s Most Wanted Fugitives,
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                    COLLEGE ACADEMY                                                               CITIZENS ACADEMY
                                                                                 The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, with the intention of
                                                                                 better familiarizing the community with the criminal justice system,
                                                                                 developed the Citizens Academy. Modeled after similar programs
                                                                                 in Sacramento, San Diego and Maricopa counties, the Citizens
                                                                                 Academy aims to educate participants about the life of a criminal
                                                                                 case and answer questions regarding the administration of justice.

                                                                                 The Academy consists of eight weeks of instruction from the
                                                                                 County’s top prosecutors and is supplemented with tours of
                                                                                 Riverside County’s Presley Detention Center, the Department of
                                                                                 Justice’s Crime Lab, and other related facilities. Participants are
                                                                                 informed about the units and staff within the office, the course of a
                                                                                 case, and the roles of a deputy district attorney, defense attorney,
“I came to the District Attorney’s Office as an intern simply to feed my
                                                                                 judge, and jury.
interest in criminal law; I came out inspired and driven to become a
prosecutor. With this internship, I found my passion.”
- Gerissa Santos, former intern & California Western School of Law,              “Understanding how a criminal case works, from beginning to
JD Candidate, 2009                                                               end, can be a challenge even for those who work within this field,”
                                                                                 Pacheco stated. “This program will help participants see the inner-
A new internship program in the Riverside County District Attorney’s             workings of the criminal justice system and will better educate the
Office serves as both a recruiting mechanism and a resource for                  public regarding the role of the District Attorney’s Office within that
community outreach. The Riverside County District Attorney’s College             system.”
Academy is intended to give potential law students, paralegals, and
victim advocates hands-on experience with the different components
of law enforcement and raise awareness of the District Attorney’s role
in the community.

Students learn about the various aspects of the criminal justice
system by shadowing top-notch prosecutors, attending workshops
on criminal procedures, and touring several law enforcement facilities.
The program is ten weeks long and will run seasonally based on needs
and resources.
       For more information, please visit http://www.rivcoda.org/programs.html        Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Hestrin describes the
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                                                                                                             SAFE TASK FORCE
                                    Our     various   Sexual Assault Felony              There are more than 3,200 registered sexual offenders in Riverside
                                    Enforcement (SAFE) teams focus their efforts         County. Prior to the formation of the SAFE team in November 2006,
                                    on proactive sexual offender monitoring, field       there was no organized, comprehensive plan to deal with registered
                                    audits/inspections of registrants and their          sexual offenders. Only the California Department of Justice had an
                                    address of record, surveillance and arrest           active countywide registered sex offender unit which consisted of
                                    warrant sweeps related to sexual offenders, and      two agents and a supervisor who split time between Riverside and
                                    fugitive apprehension in the following regions:      San Bernardino counties.

                                                                                         SAFE was developed to monitor, enforce, and track sexual offenders
                                                                                         more effectively by creating five regional teams located throughout
County-Wide Compliance Team – This team serves the entire county and is                  the county while working in conjunction with the other regional
responsible for the registration and monitoring efforts, intelligence gathering and      teams, the Compliance Unit, and the Sexual Predator Internet Decoy
analysis, and serves as a clearing house of information to the other teams.              Enforcement in Riverside (SPIDER) Unit.

Western Region I Team – This regional team serves the areas of Corona, Norco,            The SAFE team has provided an increased level of safety to the
Mira Loma, Jurupa, Rubidoux, and the western portion of the City of Riverside.           citizens, children, and community by decreasing the number of non-
                                                                                         compliant (unaccounted for) sexual offenders. Due to their efforts,
Western Region II Team – This regional team serves the areas of Moreno Valley and        the Riverside County SAFE team has reduced the non-compliance
the eastern portion of the City of Riverside.                                            rate of sexual offenders from 17.7% to 8.3%; a decrease of 9.4%. This
                                                                                         percentage means that 361 non-compliant sexual offenders were
Southwest Region Team – This regional team serves the areas of Temecula,                 unaccounted for prior to the existence of the SAFE team.
Murrieta, Perris, Winchester, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Sun City, and Romoland.
                                                                                         Since the implementation of the task force, they have arrested a
Central Region Team – This regional team serves the areas of Banning,                    total of 567 violators, conducted 3,548 compliance checks on sexual
Beaumont, Cabazon, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Hemet, and Idyllwild.                        offenders, and conducted numerous public safety presentations
                                                                                         regarding sexual offenders and the use of Megan’s Law.
Eastern Region Team – This regional team serves the eastern portion of the county
from Palm Springs to Blythe.                                                             Additionally, since the SAFE team became operational less than two
                                                                                         years ago, the task force has now grown to a total strength of 49
Sexual Predator Internet Decoy Enforcement in Riverside (SPIDER) Team –                  personnel from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, the
This team covertly and proactively investigates unidentified predators who use           Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Probation,
the internet to prey on unsuspecting victims for sexually related offenses. County       California State Parole, the California Department of Justice, the
Supervisor Jeff Stone was instrumental in the creation of this particular facet of the   Banning Police Department, and the Corona Police Department.
SAFE team.
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                                                                                                                     GANG TASK FORCE
As a result of violence between two Rubidoux gangs (West Side Riva and West Side Project                             GANG TASK FORCE
Crips), Region 7 of the Riverside County gang Task Force organized Operation REST (Riverside
Eliminating Street Terrorists), the largest simultaneous service of association search warrants in        An estimated 11,000 gang members belong to 341
                                                                                                          identified gangs in Riverside County.
the State of California. In unison, the program served all 63 search warrants with the assistance
of over 700 law enforcement personnel from five different counties. In the process, 47 people
                                                                                                          In late 2005, our office joined forces with the Sheriff’s
were arrested, a marijuana cultivation case was identified, and a sophisticated ID Theft ring was         Department, Probation Department, and police
exposed. The operation also recovered 36 firearms (handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault rifles),        agencies throughout Riverside County to create
1169.2 grams of marijuana, 16 grams of methamphetamine, and 8.4 grams of cocaine.                         the Riverside County gang Task Force. In order to
                                                                                                          effectively combat gang activity, the task force was
                                                                                                          divided into eight regional teams comprised of
                                                                                                          members from various federal, state, county, and
                                                                                                          local agencies.

                                                                                                          Using the model of prevention, intervention, and
                                                                                                          suppression, the gang task force employed all
                                                                                                          available resources and strategies to help eliminate
                                                                                                          gang violence. The goal was to prevent violent gang
                                                                                                          crime, deter youth gang recruitment, prevent local
                                                                                                          gangs from becoming criminal enterprises, and
                                                                                                          increase the communication of gang intelligence
                                                                                                          information between all participating agencies.

                                                                                                          In 2006, the first full year, the gang Task Force made
                                                                                                          857 arrests, completed 1,555 gang identification cards,
                                                                                                          wrote 134 gang enhancement reports, authored 30
                                                                                                          search warrants, and seized 68 firearms.
       Investigative Technician Amanda Chaple, Senior Investigator Rich Bitonti, Senior Investigator
       Phil Han, Chief Deputy District Attorney Miguel Valdovinos and Senior Investigator John Cook       In 2007, the gang Task Force drastically improved
                                           examine seized articles                                        upon the successes of its inaugural year, culminating
                                                                                                          in 1,571 arrests, 2,497 gang identification cards
                                                                                                          completed, 440 gang enhancement reports written,
                                                                                                          154 search warrants authored, and 224 firearms
                                                                                                          seized.
Investigative Technician Amanda Chaple, Senior Investigator Rich Bitonti, Senior Investigator Phil Han,
         Chief Deputy District Attorney Miguel Valdovinos, and Senior Investigator John Cook
                                        examine seized articles                                                                                               15
                                                           STRIKE FORCE JUDGES
 In a rapidly expanding community such as Riverside County, adaptation to the changing conditions is only one part of the solution. The addition of resources to
 keep pace with rapidly emerging needs is also critical. Riverside County’s court system is woefully short on judges.

 Recently, a local retired judge completed an analysis of caseloads (civil and criminal) of Riverside, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino Counties. He then
 compared the caseloads to the number of judges in each county. He found that while the caseloads of Riverside and Orange Counties were comparable in size,
 Orange County had 74 more judges. In comparison to San Diego, their caseloads were “modestly higher,” while they had 85 more judges. He described Riverside
 County’s lack of judges “absurd” given the caseloads.

 In 2007, District Attorney Rod Pacheco requested the assistance of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George in an unprecedented intervention to
 resolve local court system dilemmas.

 First at hand was to clear out a significant backlog of old cases waiting trial and second was to change the dated management practices of the court system that
 contribute to the backlog. The first effort was intended to be temporary and the second to be permanent.

 Authorized by the Chief Justice, the backlog was attacked by the addition of more than 12 judges from other counties over a period of approximately ten months,
 referred to as the Strike Force. Started in late July 2007, these visiting judges were used effectively and had the opportunity to try cases, which was their singular
 purpose.

 The second aspect of the intervention involves the permanent change in court practices necessary for the court to adapt to the rapidly changing community. The
 overhaul of the management practices of the court will be handled by a committee comprised of District Attorney Rod Pacheco, the Public Defender, leaders from
 the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Presiding Judge for Riverside County, and others. Appellate Justice Richard Huffman will lead the group.

 Over the past two years District Attorney Rod Pacheco, retired District Attorney Grover Trask, former Presiding Judge Doug Miller, representatives from the
 Riverside County Law Enforcement Administrators Association (RCLEAA), and Chief Justice Ronald George worked with the governor to provide more judges
 for Riverside County. They were successful. These new judges are a welcome addition to help the court respond to the increased caseloads that come from
 Riverside County’s extraordinary population growth. Simultaneously, the assistance that the Strike Force provided to the victims and cases in Riverside County
 was tremendous. In 2007 alone, the strike force judges heard a total of 161 matters, 88 of which were actual trials.

 “We were all challenged by the Strike Force and everyone from Investigations to Victim Services to Clerical staff met those challenges with the strength and
 determination for which the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is known. I was fortunate enough to get the first Strike Force conviction on a 4 year-
 old liquor store robbery. In the end I was proud to see my colleagues face the strict demands that this brought without hesitation.”
 -Deputy District Attorney Christopher Cook


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District Attorney Values
and Organization




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                                                          GUIDING PRINCIPLES
 We, the employees of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, perform a critical role as we provide prosecution services to the
 community, to law enforcement agencies, and to the needy children and families whom we serve. We recognize that to earn and
 hold the trust and confidence of our community, we must perform our jobs at the very highest level of professionalism with a genuine
    commitment to quality and service. We commit to adhere to the following guiding principles in the performance of our duties:

 INTEGRITY - Each of us is responsible for sincere and honest thought and deed. Ethics and integrity are not negotiable. As professionals, members of the
 criminal justice system, officers of the court, and highly visible public employees, we are expected to be the leading examples of truth and justice.

 PEOPLE - Each of us must nurture a working climate that is based on mutual respect, trust, loyalty, and genuine caring. The people of this organization are its
 most valuable asset. We are committed to developing leaders at all levels who can communicate with and motivate others, who will give constant feedback, who
 understand the importance of equality and fairness, and who will remember that the personal dignity of each individual is inviolate.

 QUALITY - Each of us is responsible for assuring that everyone receives the finest prosecution services possible. We are committed to hiring and training the
 most qualified individuals to accomplish this goal - including our on-going efforts to develop and maintain a dedicated, career-oriented, professional staff.

 LOYALTY - Each of us is committed to being loyal to the district attorney and to his office, being mindful of his mission and goals and the role we play in the
 delivery of prosecution services to the community, to law enforcement, and to the children of families in need.

 TEAM SPIRIT - Each of us is responsible for building a team of winners - a crew of effective prosecution personnel who pull together and work smart to produce
 a competitive edge which encourages diversity of thought and unity in action.

 PARTNERSHIP - Each of us must remember that we are a partner with every other component of the criminal justice system, with law enforcement agencies,
 and with the citizens we serve in a united and cohesive effort to enforce compliance with the law, to punish law breakers, and to provide a safe and harmonious
 place in which to live.

 INNOVATION - Each of us accepts the challenge of identifying and applying new methods and technology for increased efficiency in delivering better prosecution
 services and in helping law enforcement agencies make this county a safer place in which to live.

 SERVICE - Each of us must remember that the entire organization exits for one sole purpose: the delivery of quality prosecution services to the citizens of
 Riverside County.



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Deputy District Attorneys Karrie Wood and William Robinson walking in the Riverside County Historic Court House
                                                             District Attorney Divisions




       Riverside Historic Court House, Department 1
Photo by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Robert Olson                             21
                                  Western
                                  Division


                                                                          Sue Steding                                         Sara Danville
                                                                 Chief Assistant District Attorney                       Assistant District Attorney
                                                               University of Washington, B.A. - 1972                          Western Division
                                                                University of San Diego, J.D. - 1975              Sam Houston State University, B.S. - 1986
                                                             Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 1976      Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. - 1989
                                                                                                                  Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 1989



                                                            The Western Division is the largest division in the County, with more than 140 attorneys
                                                            working in its five divisions – Court Operations, Major Crimes, Family Protection,
                                                            Special Prosecutions, and Juvenile.

                                                            In 2007, the Western Division conducted more than 550 jury trials, handled more
                                                            than 21,000 new criminal cases, and was managed by Assistant District Attorney Sara
                                                            Danville.


                                                            “In March, 1976, I was honored to be hired as a Deputy District Attorney for Riverside
                                                            County. I was assigned to the ‘Indio office’ and began my career handling traffic tickets,
                                                            as we all did. With growth we became the Eastern, Western, and Southwest Divisions. We
                                                            were separated by geography, by resources, and by office cultures.

                                                            Thirty-one years later, I am honored to be selected by District Attorney Rod Pacheco to
                                                            take a leadership role in developing an office where we view ourselves as one team. It is
                                                            exciting to be part of this new direction and to be able to share with other managers in its
Deputy District Attorneys Alma Hernandez, Kris Hiraoka,     implementation.”
Erica Schwartz, Elan Zektser, and Tara Urban at the steps   - Chief Assistant District Attorney Sue Steding
          of the Riverside Historic Court House
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                                     Court Operations
The Court Operations Division is the largest division, with over 45 deputy district attorneys assigned within four units -- Preliminary Hearings/
Filing, Felony Trials, Misdemeanor Trials, and Drugs. In 2007, the Court Operations Division was overseen by Chief Deputy District Attorney Miguel
Valdovinos.

Preliminary Hearing/Filing Unit
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Robert Harton managed 14 deputy district attorneys handling preliminary hearings, filing, warrants, and our
Banning branch office. Two deputy district attorneys reviewed and filed cases that were brought to the District Attorney’s Office by the local law
enforcement agencies. In 2007, the filing unit filed 21,550 cases. Six deputy district attorneys are assigned to handle general felony cases that do
not fall within specialized units. These prosecutors handled cases from arraignment through preliminary hearing. In 2007, the preliminary hearing
unit attorneys conducted more than 425 preliminary hearings.

The Banning office was staffed by four deputy district attorneys. Misdemeanor cases                   “Banning is community prosecution at its finest. Prosecuting
in the Banning office were handled by three rotating misdemeanor prosecutors                          these offenses locally and with the public’s help sends a clear
from filing through trial. Deputy District Attorney Robert Kloepfer handled all                       message that the Pass area will stay safe. We’ve stopped
felony cases from filing through the preliminary hearing. After the preliminary                       crime early and at home; and that is vital.”
hearing, those cases were completed by the general Felony Trial Unit in Riverside.                    -Deputy District Attorney Robert Hightower




Within the Preliminary Hearing Unit, Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeanne Roy         FAU supervised the issuance and service of outstanding felony warrants by:
was assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Team (FAU). In 2007, the FAU team
was responsible for the return of four fugitives from outside the United States,        •	   TRACKING the most serious cases in the District Attorney’s Office and notifying
three of which face murder charges. Within the United States, FAU was involved in            the proper agency in order to have the warrant served as soon as it is issued
the clearance of 417 arrest warrants, 336 of which were felonies.                       •	   REVIEWING older cases to determine whether or not prosecution should be
                                                                                             sought
The team also dealt with numerous local, state, federal and international law           •	   CONFIRMING cases for extradition with the Sheriff’s Extradition Unit
enforcement agencies across the country, including the Office of International          •	   PREPARING cases for international extradition with the Office of International
Affairs, United States Marshals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security,         Affairs
Office of Diplomatic Security, and Interpol. FAU handled extradition requests or        •	   COLLABORATING with local police departments and the Sheriff’s Warrant Team
questions from every state in the United States as well as Australia, Belize, Canada,        to serve warrants, and with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, South Korea,           to clear outstanding warrants by returning inmates at an early stage
Nicaragua, Norway, and Peru.
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                                              Felony Trials Unit
                                              The Felony Trials Unit vertically handled all serious and violent cases that do not fall within the specialized
                                              units. The unit also handled all felony trials generated through the preliminary hearing unit. One
                                              deputy district attorney in the general felonies unit handled all cases involving violations of probation
                                              and mental health court cases. In 2007, under the supervision of Supervising Deputy District Attorney
                                              Quinn Baranski, the unit tried 114 jury trials.

                                              Misdemeanor Trial Unit
                                              A team of ten prosecutors reviewed and filed misdemeanor cases and handled them from arraignment
                                              through trial. In 2007, under the supervision of Supervising Deputy District Attorney Carlos Monagas,
                                              the unit tried 76 jury trials.

                                              “Misdemeanor cases come in a wide variety of criminal acts, from trespassing and petty theft to more
                                              serious cases like DUI and assaults. No two cases are ever the same, even if the charges are identical.
                                              No matter what the charge is, we treat each case uniquely because each one has a different victim
                                              whose life has been affected by some criminal act or event they will never forget.”
                                              - Deputy District Attorney Joshlyn Higgins

                                              Drug Unit
                                              The Drug Unit handled all felony drug cases and was comprised of 11 prosecutors who reviewed and filed
                                              all drug cases. In 2007, under the supervision of Supervising Deputy District Attorney Brian Sussman,
                                              the unit reviewed 2,758 cases and filed 96% of the cases. The Drug Unit also tried 28 jury trials with a
                                              conviction rate of 86%.


                                               In People v. Yvonne Narine, the defendant, a 61 year-old woman, approached her next door neighbor on
                                               several occasions and asked him to have her ex-husband of 39 years murdered. The neighbor went to the
                                               Corona Police Department and reported the solicitation. The neighbor agreed to wear a recording wire and
                                               returned to the defendant. The neighbor arranged a meeting with two undercover officers. At the meeting,
                                               the defendant gave them a picture of the victim and told them what route the victim took to work.

                                               Defendant Narine took the stand at trial and claimed she was drunk at the meeting with the undercover
                                               officers and thought her neighbor was taking her to meet contractors who were going to work on her house.
                                               On cross examination, Deputy District Attorney Janet Hasegawa exposed the defendant’s strong financial
Deputy District Attorney Elizabet Rodriguez    motives for wanting her husband murdered. The jury convicted the defendant of solicitation for murder.
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                                      Major Crimes                                                       In March 2005, the brutal murders of Estela Perez
                                                                                                         and her unborn child shocked the community.
                                                                                                         One morning, Estela took her two children to
The Major Crimes Division was staffed by 24 prosecutors comprised of the following units: gangs,         school and returned home. At 9 AM, Estela’s sister
Homicide, Career Criminal, Crimes Against Peace Officers (CAPO), Cold Hits, Prison Crimes, and Lifer     arrived at the Perez house to go for a walk. When
Hearings. For the majority of the year, the gangs Unit was supervised by Supervising Deputy District     Estela did not come out to the car her sister went
Attorney Steven Gallon. All other units were supervised by Supervising Deputy District Attorney          inside the house to look for her. She found her
Dianna Carter. In 2007, Major Crimes conducted 111 jury trials, 19 of which were murder cases.           sister’s body, bloody and nude.

Homicide Unit                                                                                            The autopsy revealed that Estela had suffered a
The Homicide Unit is made up of the most sophisticated and experienced trial lawyers in the office.      slash wound across her neck, thirty-three separate
With the judicial appointment of Angel Bermudez, the team operated for most of the year with             stab wounds, and obvious sexual trauma. The
only four lawyers: John Aki, Michael Hestrin, John Molloy, and Michelle Paradise. Attorneys              autopsy also revealed that her unborn child had
assigned to the homicide team shouldered a heavy responsibility. In addition to carrying a caseload      also been stabbed to death.
of approximately 10 murder cases each, these four prosecutors also took turns carrying the homicide
on-call pager. When prosecutors are “on call” they are responsible to respond to all homicides and       About a month later, another woman was sexually
officer involved shootings in western Riverside County. Once they respond to such a call, they stay      assaulted in her home by the same man. However,
with that case until the matter has been filed or cleared.                                               during this sexual assault, the suspect was scared
                                                                                                         off, but was later apprehended by police. The
The Homicide Unit tried 13 murder trials and successfully prosecuted 11 of those cases, two of which     captured offender was Tony Lee Reynolds.
resulted in verdicts for death. In late 2007, the unit began two additional capital trials with death
                                                                                                         Ultimately, biological evidence taken from the
verdicts being reached in both cases in early 2008.
                                                                                                         body of Estela matched the DNA profile of Tony
                                                                                                         Lee Reynolds. The defendant had a violent history
                                                                                                         of attacks on parents, classmates, and family. This
“The role of the public prosecutor is, above all else, always to seek justice. It is a commitment from   conduct also included the forcible rape at knife
which we never waiver. Our role in the criminal justice system is different from that of the defense     point of a 15 year-old relative.
counsel who is duty bound to the interests of their particular client. Our role is as an advocate
for sure, but we are more than mere advocates for a position. The prosecutor must always seek            As the result of excellent police work and the
justice, even if it proves difficult or unpopular. Our every action both in and out of the courtroom     diligent efforts of Deputy District Attorney
must always be guided by firm and fixed principles of fairness and honesty. And we never relent in       Michael Hestrin, the defendant was convicted of
the unending search for truth.”                                                                          two counts of murder and special circumstances
 - Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Hestrin                                                       of torture and multiple murders. Following the
                                                                                                         penalty phase, the jury returned a verdict of
                                                                                                         death.

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                                                  Gang Unit
In September 2007, Deputy District Attorney
                                                  During 2007, the gang Unit expanded to 17 deputy district
Jessica Graham convicted Percy Andre Bowen
                                                  attorneys and was comprised of a supervisor, 14 trial attorneys,
of first-degree murder, along with a gun-use
                                                  one gang-injunction attorney, and one attorney devoted to
enhancement, gang enhancement, and special
                                                  community outreach and intervention. During the year, the
circumstance of murder in the furtherance of
                                                  gang Unit tried 64 cases. In addition to trial work, the gang
gang activity.
                                                  Unit filed 139 new felony cases, conducted 156 preliminary
                                                  hearings, and filed 157 felony informations. The unit also took
In this case, Percy Bowen, a member of a
                                                  140 separate felony guilty pleas and obtained 155 separate
Riverside gang called the 1200 Blocc Crips,
                                                  prison terms.
attended a party in neighboring Moreno Valley.
During the course of the party, a fight broke
out. Jerry Adams, a member of a rival Moreno
Valley gang called Sex, Cash, Money, was in the
fight. As Adams fought with an unknown male,      “The Gang Unit was the best assignment that I have had in
someone yelled, “1200 Blocc Crips.” Bowen         my career as a prosecutor. With the explosive impact that
emerged from the crowd and shot Adams in the      criminal street gangs have on the safety of our community,
abdomen and behind the ear. Adams survived.       the feeling of accomplishment one experiences after
However, when Bowen fired his gun into the        convicting a violent gang member is unparalleled. ”
crowd, he shot and killed Marques Evans, a 15     - Supervising Deputy District Attorney Kamaria Henry
year-old boy.                                                                                                         Picture seized during gang search warrant
                                                                                                                     depicts toddler holding two high caliber rifles
Typical of most gang cases, the best witnesses
did not initially speak to the police. Instead,
                                                  Crimes Against Police Officers & Career Criminal Units
they spoke to cell mates and coaches.
                                                  In the Crimes Against Police Officers (CAPO) and Career Criminal units, the assigned deputy district attorneys
Although investigators successfully uncovered
                                                  handled these cases from filing through sentencing. The CAPO unit was responsible for all crimes committed
this evidence during the investigation, at
                                                  against peace officers. The Career Criminal unit dealt with defendants with significant criminal records who are
the trial these witnesses were antagonistic
                                                  often involved in serial burglary or robbery cases. Many of the Career Criminal cases were three-strike cases
and uncooperative. Notwithstanding these
                                                  and most involved multiple robberies or burglaries.
obstacles, the defendant was sentenced to life
without the possibility of parole.
                                                  The CAPO and Career Criminal units had a combined staffing level of three deputy district attorneys. One
                                                  prosecutor handled CAPO cases and two prosecutors were assigned to Career Criminal. Although the staffing
                                                  levels remained constant, due to rotations and promotions, the three positions were held by a number of
                                                  different attorneys. In 2007, The CAPO unit tried 13 cases, while the Career Criminal unit tried 15 cases.


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Cold Hit Unit
In 2007, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office established the Cold Hit Unit, with
the aim of solving old, serious crimes and bringing their perpetrators to justice. The Cold
Hit Unit operated countywide and consisted of one deputy district attorney and one district
attorney investigator. Veteran prosecutor Laura Ozols was handpicked by the District
Attorney to be the first attorney assigned to this unit. She was aided by Senior Investigator
Paul Edwards.

A “cold hit case” is an unsolved crime, previously investigated by the police, which can now
be re-opened thanks to a DNA “hit” in California’s database of criminal offender DNA profiles.
In cold hit cases, initial investigation resulted in the collection of biological evidence, such
as blood, sweat, or semen. That biological evidence, when submitted to the crime lab,
resulted in the identification of the unknown suspect’s unique DNA profile. The scientific
identity is maintained in a statewide computer database called CODIS. CODIS periodically
compares the unknown DNA profile to identified criminal offenders with known DNA
profiles. A cold hit results when the DNA profile of the suspect is matched to the DNA
profile of a known individual. This cold hit allows law enforcement to pursue additional              “The best thing about it is the victims are never
investigation and often leads to the arrest and prosecution of the identified suspect.                forgotten,” Ozols said, “We get justice for them.”
A “cold case”, on the other hand, is an unsolved crime which also had been previously
investigated by law enforcement. Unfortunately, in these cases the investigation failed to
result in the identification or arrest of a suspect, or the filing of criminal charges. In most
instances, the trail has grown cold and law enforcement is no longer actively investigating
the crime. However, a cold case should not be perceived as the equivalent of an unsolvable
crime. While the passage of time generally makes it less likely that the case will ever be
solved, in some cases, events occur which generate a hot investigation. The events which
can change a case from cold to hot are many, but often include (1) the discovery of new
witnesses; (2) the discovery of known witnesses who now want to tell the truth; (3) the
successful investigation of similar cases involving a unique procedure; and (4) scientific
advances in forensic evidence that allow a fresh look on old evidence.

The Cold Hit Unit had twenty filed cases, including three murders and two serial rape cases.
Additionally, the unit had seven other cases under investigation, three of which are cold
case homicides.

                                                                                                   Desert Magazine, May Issue, Reprinted at the permission of The Desert Sun
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                                                               Prison Crimes Unit
                                                               In 2007, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office established the Prison Crimes Unit. The
                                                               unit created a partnership between the District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of
                                                               Corrections and Rehabilitation to improve the quality of the investigation and prosecution of crimes
                                                               committed in prison. One deputy district attorney was designated in both Indio and Riverside to handle
                                                               this important responsibility. In Riverside, deputy district attorney Cheryl Singerton was responsible
                                                               for the filing and prosecution of all cases coming out of the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in
                                                               Norco. The Eastern Division handled all cases frum Chuckawalla and Ironwood prisons.

                                                               The Prison Crimes Unit officially opened its doors in July of 2007. Since then, our office has taken a
                                                               proactive approach to aid our prisons with the investigation, filing, and diligent prosecution of these
                                                               cases.
 Lifer Unit
 Our office is committed to protect and assist crime victims at every stage of a criminal case. Perhaps the greatest evidence of this is our commitment to participate
 at parole hearings on inmates who have been sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. generally, these hearings occur many years after the successful
 prosecution of the defendant. The truth is, unless a defendant is convicted of murder plus a special circumstance and sentenced to death or life without the
 possibility of parole, he or she will one day be eligible for parole. This is true even when the judge sentences the person to a life term.

     Every year, throughout the state, parole hearings are held to determine whether inmates who have been
     sentenced to life terms should be released on parole. Usually these inmates are in prison and doing a life term        Total number of lifer hearings set statewide on
     as the result of a murder conviction. Their release into the community presents a major community safety               Riverside County cases:              223
     issue if they are not truly rehabilitated. Furthermore, the release of these inmates would deal a heavy blow to
     surviving crime victims or next of kin. As a result, we devote substantial resources to our Lifer Unit.
                                                                                                                            Total number of those cases that actually
                                                                                                                            proceeded to a parole hearing:     121
     In 2007, those resources included one senior deputy district attorney, one victim services advocate, and four
     additional support staff. The attorney assigned to the Lifer Unit was Senior Deputy District Attorney John Ruiz,
     a career prosecutor and one of our foremost trial attorneys with substantial experience as both a gang and             Total number of hearings resulting in a denial
     homicide prosecutor. The Lifer Unit, aided from time to time by other experienced deputy district attorneys,           of parole:                        119
     was responsible for carrying out impressive work in 2007.

 “I am forever grateful to The Lifer Unit and the Division of Victim Services for preparing us for the June 2007            Total number of hearings wherein the inmate
 Parole hearing. If not for Marilyn Baldwin and Sandy Brown’s professional compassion, my daughter and I                    stipulated unsuitable for parole  18
 would have never attended the hearing. It’s comforting to know that after 16 years our loss and our cause
 will not be forgotten.”
                                                                                                                            Percentage of hearings in which the victim or
 - Abby Rizzo, daughter of homicide victim Jilly Rizzo
                                                                                                                            next of kin participated:          85%
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                   Family Protection
In 2007, Family Protection units comprised of Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse,
and Sexual Assault/Child Abuse experienced an increase in the volume of
criminal cases received and processed. The Domestic Violence Unit consisted
of ten deputy district attorneys, one supervising deputy district attorney, and
two paralegals. The Elder Abuse Unit had one full-time attorney. The Sexual
Assault/Child Abuse Unit was staffed by 14 deputy district attorneys, three
paralegals, and one supervising deputy district attorney.

Domestic Violence Unit
In 2007, the Domestic Violence Unit reviewed over 2,600 police                                         Senior Investigator Rich Bitonti and recovered child
reports involving physical abuse, kidnapping, spousal rape,
stalking, criminal threats, and violations of domestic restraining
orders. The unit also conducted 146 preliminary hearings. Of the
                                                                             In People v. Domingo, a “strike force” case, prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Andrea
893 guilty pleas obtained, 194 offenders were sentenced to state             Park, the defendant was at home with his girlfriend and her six young children. Domingo,
prison, and 699 offenders were placed on probation.                          who had been drinking, started to argue with two of the children over a stranger who had
                                                                             given them money for ice cream. Enraged, Domingo grabbed a nearby rifle, announced he
The attorneys in the Domestic Violence Unit also conducted a total           was going to kill everyone, and pointed the gun at two of the children. He pulled the trigger
of 63 jury trials in 2007 and carried an average case load of 40 cases       but the rifle did not fire. Domingo grabbed ammunition, loaded the rifle and again pointed
per attorney. Domestic violence cases are handled in a vertical              it at the children. As the mother pushed the weapon aside, Domingo stated he was going to
courtroom dedicated to such cases. All attorneys participated in             kill her and the children. He pulled the trigger, but again it did not fire. Domingo left, taking
routine calendar duties in that court and conducted preliminary              the two children and the gun. He told his girlfriend that if she called police he would kill her
hearings, jury trials, and motions.                                          and the children.

In addition to handling preliminary hearings, jury trials, and               Domingo drove around attempting to find the stranger, to no avail. Before returning home
calendar duties, the Domestic Violence misdemeanor attorneys                 he stopped to buy alcohol. As he arrived home he noticed police cars and turned around to
also staffed the Riverside Family Justice Center one day per week            dispose of the gun. He threatened the children that he would kill them if they told police
to ensure that an attorney was available everyday. The Center,               where he put the gun.
two blocks from the courthouse in downtown Riverside, provided
a full array of services for domestic violence victims, including            Domingo was taken into custody and police recovered the gun. At trial, defense argued that
counseling, referrals, and access to police detectives who are               the defendant was drunk, mildly retarded, and brain damaged. The prosecution’s ballistics
stationed on site.                                                           expert testified that the weapon was fully operational but for some reason misfired that day.
                                                                             The jury convicted Domingo of three counts of attempted murder, assault with a firearm,
                                                                             making criminal threats, kidnapping, child abuse, and witness intimidation by force. Domingo
                                                                             was sentenced to 42 years in prison.
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In People v. Carl Coleman, prosecuted by Deputy District         Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit
Attorney Christopher Shumate, a stepfather attacked              The Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) unit consisted of 14 deputy district
his 17 year-old stepdaughter in front of his 10 year-old         attorneys. Nine of the prosecutors handled cases in which children were molested,
daughter in 2006. While the girl showered before school,         physically abused, injured, or killed. These very serious cases included victims which
the defendant brought a box cutter into the bathroom,            range from less than a month old to teenagers. The other five attorneys handled one
held it up to her face, and told the girl she was going to       of five specialized case loads; adult sexual assault (ASA) cases, sexually violent predator
die. She screamed, but when her family tried to help the         (SVP) cases, statutory rape cases, unregistered sex offender cases, and child abduction
defendant told them he would kill her if they came in.           and concealment cases in the Child Recovery Unit (CRU).
They called police. The Sheriff’s Department and SWAT
team responded.                                                  In 2007, the SACA Unit reviewed nearly 1,000 police reports that alleged physical or
                                                                 sexual abuse of children or adults. Each attorney carried a caseload of approximately
When officers arrived, the defendant forced the terrified        35 cases. Collectively, the unit conducted 188 preliminary hearings and 63 jury trials.
girl to disrobe and he raped her. He forced the victim to        In 2007, there were 200 guilty pleas entered by defendants, 132 of which were sent to
masturbate him, then forcibly orally copulated her. Three        state prison; the remainder were granted probation.
hours later, the victim screamed, “don’t cut me, please
don’t cut me.” The SWAT team forced their way in and
rescued the girl. The young girl testified at trial to her      “This family put their lives on hold while the trial was pending. Even though they did not
horrible ordeal and the jury found the defendant guilty         want to put her dad in prison, the family was relieved when the defendant was sentenced.
of multiple sex crimes and use of a weapon. He was              The trial was a healing step for the family and the defendant was finally held accountable
sentenced to 19 years to life.                                  for what he had done.”
                                                                - Deputy District Attorney Christopher Shumate




Elder Abuse Unit                                     In People v. Davis-Stokes, a woman was hired as a caretaker for a 53 year-old developmentally
The Elder Abuse Unit handled over 50                 disabled man, who was also mentally challenged. The man lived with his 85 year-old father, who
separate cases of physical or financial abuse        was physically capable, but had failing memory. The caretaker managed to gain access to the
perpetrated against dependent adults or              elderly father’s checkbook. Over a period of time, she removed over $600,000 from his bank
people aged 65 or older. In 2007, several            accounts and eventually stole all of his savings.
elder abuse cases resulted in guilty pleas; all
others went to jury trial.                           When the man died, his 53 year-old son was left broke and unable to care for himself. Deputy
                                                     District Attorney Amy Glaudini prepared for jury trial and just before trial, the defendant entered
                                                     guilty pleas to all charges. The defendant was sentenced to six years in prison and was ordered to
30                                                   pay full restitution.
                            Special Prosecutions                                                    In the largest fraud case ever prosecuted in Riverside
                                                                                                    County, and perhaps the State of California,
The Special Prosecutions Section (SPS), comprised of more than 25 deputy district attorneys and
                                                                                                    Supervising Deputy District Attorneys Michael
six paralegals, investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of sophisticated crimes throughout the   Silverman and Michael Quesnel successfully
county. The units within SPS included Real Estate Fraud, Consumer Fraud, Environmental Crimes,      convicted defendants Daniel Heath, Denis O’Brien,
Identity Theft, Public Integrity, Insurance Fraud, Welfare Fraud, Auto Theft, and Tribal gaming.    and John Heath of 400 felony counts. The defendants
                                                                                                    had engaged in a scheme to lure elderly victims to
                                                                                                    “invest” their retirement monies in various entities
                                                                                                    controlled by defendant Daniel Heath through
                                                                                                    Heath & Associates. From the mid-1990s through
                                                                                                    2004, Heath & Associates collected approximately
                                                                                                    $190 million from over 1,800 elderly victims. The
                                                                                                    defendants represented their investments as being
                                                                                                    safe, collateralized corporate loans that were paying
                                                                                                    a high, steady income stream.

                                                                                                    In fact, the money actually invested (approximately
                                                                                                    half of the money taken) went to highly risky,
                                                                                                    unsecured money-losing ventures. The majority of
                                                                                                    the money was funneled through an entity controlled
                                                                                                    by Daniel Heath called Private Capital Management
                                                                                                    (PCM). Much of the remaining money was used to pay
                                                                                                    off earlier investors, a classic Ponzi scheme. The court-
                                                                                                    appointed receiver took over Heath & Associates and
                                                                                                    PCM in 2004 and liquidated their assets. Less than 20%
                                                                                                    of the principal still owed to investors was recovered,
                                                                                                    making the actual shortfall to the victim-investors
                                                                                                    close to $98 million. The trial lasted approximately
                                                                                                    six months and included thousands of exhibits.




        Illegal Dump Site in Mira Loma, an unincorporated area in Riverside County
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                                                                                                                 Juvenile
                                                                                                                 Division
 The Juvenile Division consisted of ten deputy district attorneys and eight paralegals who prosecuted crimes committed by minors countywide. The
 Juvenile Division also partnered with other agencies to prevent juvenile crime through innovative programs such as youth Accountability Teams and
 School Attendance Review Boards. Cases handled by the Juvenile Division can be every bit as serious as cases against adults.

 Youth Accountability Teams
 A comprehensive, community-based approach, through early intervention, is the most effective
 means to ensure that at-risk youth are steered away from criminality and put on the path to become
 productive citizens. As a result, youth Accountability Teams (yAT) were formed with representatives
 from the District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement, the Probation Department, the County Office
 of Education, and school districts to address the need for early intervention for minors committing
 low level crimes in the community.

 Deputy District Attorneys Raquel Marquez and Kevin Shek guided our yAT team members who
 conducted school presentations, home visits, community outreach, and aggressive prosecution.
 These teams have made a difference in the way our county’s children and their parents view
 delinquent behavior. The intensive supervision and multi-agency approach has resulted in safer
 schools, a reduction in truancy, and a lower juvenile crime rate in the targeted areas.                             Deputy District Attorney Raquel Marquez
                                                                                                                       talks with students at a local school



 In the case of People v. Trais H. , the 16 year-old had only been licensed to drive for a few weeks. In October 2006, Trais was driving his family’s car when he saw
 Michael B. driving down the street. Michael, a 17 year-old experienced track racer, had a considerable history of street racing and reckless driving. Michael
 challenged Trais to a race and he accepted. They were side by side when the signal changed and they accelerated. When Michael pulled ahead and sped
 through a turn, Trais lost control of his car. The car struck and killed Reyna DeLeon who was in a wheelchair on the sidewalk. Michael watched from a distance
 and fled the scene.

 Trais took full and immediate responsibility for Reyna’s death without evasion. The Juvenile Court found Trais fit for handling in juvenile court. As part of his
 sentence, Trais agreed to embark on a speaking tour with street racing detectives and the victim’s brother, John DeLeon, to discuss the dangers of street racing.
 That speaking tour has resulted in national media attention. Michael was found to be unfit for juvenile court and the case is pending trial in adult court.

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Countywide Truancy Sweep
2007 saw our Juvenile Division’s first countywide truancy sweep, led by Deputy District Attorney Raquel Marquez, which will now become an ongoing
program. The single day event successfully coordinated personnel from 23 school districts and multiple law enforcement agencies in Riverside County
to identify and locate truants. The unprecedented partnership included a total of 214 law enforcement officers, 59 probation officers, 74 school
officials, and six deputy district attorneys.

By the end of the day, 413 truancy citations were issued. Additionally, 362 home checks were conducted and 322 students were returned to school.
There were 37 other arrests, three of which involved serious felonies. Notable among the arrests were: In Perris, two minors were arrested when a
School Resource Officer pulled their car over after he recognized them as truants. The minors had 7 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in a
duffle-bag. Criminal charges are pending. In Jurupa, a truant was arrested after he was recognized from security camera footage as the suspect who
had robbed a convenience store and stabbed the victim. Criminal charges are pending.


School Crimes Guide
The environment in which our children learn is crucial. Violence or threats on campus can greatly diminish
any opportunities that we may provide. To that end, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office created
the K-12 School Crimes guide in order to better serve administrators and law enforcement in our schools.
It has provided a thorough understanding of our roles in the criminal justice system as it applies to crime
prevention, school security, and school safety.

School Attendance Review Boards
Our office, along with members from local school districts and the County Office of Education, coordinated
mediation services for habitually truant children and their parents. The goal was to educate children and their
parents about the importance of attending school. Once minors and parents consider school attendance to
be a serious matter, opportunities for negative off-campus behavior decrease. The School Attendance Review
Board (SARB) increased school attendance, which ultimately resulted in a reduction in juvenile crime.


“The Juvenile Division presents unique and fulfilling opportunities to rehabilitate minors and show them there are
consequences for their actions. It also allows us to take particularly violent minors and put them in the adult system
where they belong. Ultimately, a juvenile prosecutor takes pride in ensuring minors lead successful lives as well as
eliminating violent criminals from our community.”
                                                                                                                         To view the K-12 School Crimes Guide, please
- Deputy District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle                                                                         visit http://www.rivcoda.org/brochures.html
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     Eastern
     Division                                                                                                  Bill Mitchell
                                                                                                         Assistant District Attorney
                                                                                                              Eastern Division
                                                                                                     University of San Diego, B.A. - 1980
                                                                                                    Western State University, J.D. - 1982
                                                                                                  Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 1984




                                                        The Eastern Division of the District Attorney’s Office serves the citizens of Riverside
                                                        County from the Whitewater area east to the Colorado River at Blythe and includes
                                                        the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, La
                                                        quinta, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, and the unincorporated
                                                        communities of Mecca, Thermal, Oasis, Bermuda Dunes, and Thousand Palms. The
                                                        permanent population of this fast growing region is estimated at 430,000.

                                                        The staff of over 150 included 56 attorneys, 3 paralegals, 39 clerical staff, a Victim
                                                        Services staff of 24, and a Bureau of Investigation staff of 32. Deputy District
                                                        Attorneys Tom Daly and Steve Morgan handled the prosecution of all crimes
                                                        occurring in the Blythe area which borders Arizona and includes two state prisons,
                                                        Chuckawalla and Ironwood.

                                                        Prosecutorial staff was divided into specialized units to develop expertise and
                                                        vertically handle assigned cases from complaint through sentencing. Homicide,
                                                        gangs, Sexual Assault/Child Abuse (SACA), Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Identity
                                                        Theft and Drug are some of the specialized units.

                                                        The gang Unit expanded to five full-time prosecutors, each of whom received
                                                        specialized training and worked with law enforcement officers in the Coachella
                                                        Valley, including the Coachella Valley Violent Crime gang Task Force.

                                                        In 2007, the Eastern Division filed 13,775 criminal cases (9,680 misdemeanors; 4,095
                                                        felonies) and prosecutors tried 165 jury trials.
 Supervising Deputy District Attorney David Greenberg
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In the case of People v. Rodriguez, Deputy District
Attorney Anne Marie Eland convicted the defendant           In 1997, artist Bernardo gouthier, son of the former Brazilian ambassador to the United
for the rape of his teenage daughter. Over the course       Nations, was shot to death in his home, on his La quinta Sculpture Park estate. The crime
of several years, the victim was repeatedly sexually        went unsolved until 2001, when it was discovered that gouthier had been the victim of a
assaulted by her father. Combined with further              murder-for-hire. He had been having an affair with the estranged wife of multi-millionaire
physical abuse, the victim reported the violent             Pattinson Hayton III. Hayton hired air-conditioner repairman Jerry Reynolds to murder
behavior to police. However, the sex crimes were            gouthier. Reynolds contracted 17 year-old Jesse Nava, a North Side Indio gangster and
not reported until 2005, and the defendant was              methamphetamine dealer, as the hit man, who solicited the assistance of his juvenile
brought to trial. Despite the defendant’s emphatic          friends Mike Mahron and Mario gonzales in the act.
denials, forensic evidence clearly indicated his guilt
and he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.         In the middle of the night, Nava, Mahron, and gonzales entered the victim’s bedroom.
                                                            While Mahron used a taser to stun the victim, Nava shot him in the neck and back. Hayton
                                                            wired over $50,000 to Reynolds, who later paid Nava and his accomplices.

                                                            In 2001, Reynolds, Nava, Mahron, and gonzales were charged with first-degree murder
                                                            (Nava, Mahron and gonzales were charged as adults). Handled by Senior Deputy District
                                                            Attorney Rosalind Miller and Senior Investigator Tom Reid, the jury convicted Reynolds,
                                                            Nava and Mahron of first-degree murder with special circumstances. gonzalez was later
                                                            convicted of first-degree murder. Hayton died of natural causes before he could be
                                                            brought to justice.



                                                                                           Deputy District Attorney Victoria Cameron and Senior
                                                                                           Investigator Bruce Moore were in trial for nine months
     Deputy District Attorney Christopher Ross and                                         in the case of People v. Faulkner. Over the course of 16
         Deputy District Attorney Kristi Daw                                               years, the defendant befriended himself to mothers of
                                                                                           small children, earned their trust and used this leverage
“Every new assignment requires not only an ability to adapt and learn, but to do it        to sexually and physically abuse their children. The young
quickly. The Drug Unit was no exception. I learned how to appropriately charge and         victims remained silent for so long due to death threats
utilize all the tools we have to combat what is often the genesis of much of the crime     by the defendant and the promise of further abuse.
in our community. Distinguishing between those who genuinely need assistance to            Eventually he was exposed and criminal charges were
overcome their addiction(s) and those who prey on them is crucial to breaking the          filed against him. The jury convicted the defendant on 30
cycle of hopelessness caused by drugs.”                                                    counts and sentenced him to over 300 years.
- Deputy District Attorney Manny Bustamante                                                                                                        35
                                                              Southwest
                                                               Division


                                                                                                               Randy Tagami
                                                                                                           Assistant District Attorney
                                                                                                              Southwest Division
                                                                                               University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. - 1970
                                                                                                     University of Santa Clara, J.D. - 1975
                                                                                                   Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 1975
                                                                                                  Retired from District Attorney’s Office - 2007



                                                      The Southwest Division of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office prosecutes cases
                                                      arising from the geographic area of the peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains to the San
                                                      Diego and Orange County lines. Several law enforcement agencies patrol this area; Hemet
                                                      Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, two California Highway Patrol Stations,
                                                      as well as Riverside County Sheriff’s Stations in Hemet, San Jacinto, Perris, Canyon Lake,
                                                      Lake Elsinore, and Temecula.

                                                      In 2007, the Southwest Office processed 4,124 felonies and 6,753 misdemeanors. The
                                                      office also was responsible for the prosecution of an additional 4,987 misdemeanors that
                                                      were directly filed with the Southwest Superior Court by various police agencies. Deputy
                                                      district attorneys assigned to the Southwest Division litigated 178 trials.

                                                      The Southwest Division is divided into various units, such as Homicide, gangs, and
                                                      general Felonies. The Family Protection Unit prosecuted cases involving child abuse,
                                                      sexual assault, elder abuse, domestic violence, and violations of law arising from the
Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Brewer, Assistant    failure to register as a sex offender. Other specialized units included Drug Enforcement,
District Attorney Sara Danville, Supervising Deputy   Preliminary Hearing, and Municipal Court.
District Attorney Art Chang, and Deputy District
               Attorney Carlos Corona
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In the case of People v. Zachary Martinez, Deputy District   Deputy District Attorney Jason Stone prosecuted the case of People v. Ernesto Hernandez.
Attorney Jess Walsh convicted the defendant of first         Hired to paint a house, the 30 year-old defendant repeatedly propositioned the 15 year-
degree murder, and multiple counts of kidnapping and         old daughter who was home alone. After numerous sexual advances he grabbed her
carjacking.                                                  hand and asked her to go into the bedroom. The victim, scared and in fear of danger, ran
                                                             away. As she hid behind a tree the defendant continued to pursue her. The victim went
In 2004, Martinez and 15 year-old Inez Corvera located       to several neighbors’ homes for help before finding someone who could call police.
an unlocked car in a Wal-Mart parking lot with the keys
in the ignition. Also inside the back of the car was an 82   The defendant denied any wrongdoing and the girl was intimidated to testify. However,
year-old disabled man, Darrell grangaard, a survivor of      the young victim managed to face the defendant and shared her story. The jury
multiple strokes which rendered him virtually unable to      convicted the defendant of annoying or molesting a minor, a misdemeanor charge. As
communicate. The defendant and Corvera stole the car         a result, he is now required to register as a sex offender.
and drove away. They took the victim to a nearby mobile
home park, forcibly removed his rings and left him on
the ground.                                                  “Working in the Domestic Violence Unit has been a truly unique and rewarding
                                                             experience. The cases are complex and challenging while giving me the opportunity
The victim’s son was on his way to help find his father      to help victims in abusive relationships. It is very satisfying to see the relief in a
when he spotted the stolen car and started to follow         victim’s face when they have helped send their abuser to prison and put an end to the
it. The defendant sped to get away, lost control of the      violence.”
car, and crashed into a tree; which killed Corvera. The      - Deputy District Attorney Ashley Smith
defendant was sentenced to 34 years to life.


                                                             In November 2004, the FBI raided the home of Howard Marshall, seizing over 50 firearms,
                                                             drugs and a large quantity of PENI/Nazi gang paraphernalia. While trying to denounce
                                                             his gang affiliation, the defendant admitted to another crime, shooting at a fellow gang
                                                             member. A key witness and admitted gang member present during the shooting told
                                                             police that Marshall shot at the victim because he had “disrespected” Marshall. Marshall
                                                             was charged with assault with a firearm, however the jury failed to reach a verdict.

                                                             At the retrial, the key witness took the stand and contradicted his previous statements,
                                                             claiming that the defendant fired in the air and not at the victim. Although Marshall argued
                                                             he was not a gang member, he could not explain away proof of his gang affiliations nor
                                                             his crimes against the victim. Despite the complex nature of this case, Deputy District
         Deputy District Attorneys Dan Kolacia,              Attorney Daniel DeLimon convicted the defendant of assault with a firearm along with
           Jennifer Strona, and Allison Pace                 a gang enhancement.
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                                                                                                 Bureau of
                                                                                               Investigation

                                                            Victor Greene was promoted to Chief in 2007 by District Attorney Rod Pacheco. Chief
                                                            greene and his management staff led a total of 213 men and women assigned countywide.
                                                            The Bureau of Investigation is comprised of 148 sworn peace officer investigators and 65
                         Victor Greene
                                Chief                       support staff, which included investigative technicians, forensic technicians, and specialized
                      Bureau of Investigation               forensic staff.
              Southern Illinois University, B.S. - 2005
              Joined the County of Riverside - 1986
             Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 1998
                                                            The Bureau of Investigation is responsible for the investigative support of the District Attorney’s
                                                            Office, which in 2007 was comprised of approximately 279 prosecutors. The Bureau’s principal
                                                            mission and goals are to provide investigative enhancement to the majority of serious felony
                                                            cases set for trial, such as homicides, rapes, robberies, gang cases, narcotics, insurance fraud,
                                                            workers’ compensation fraud, welfare fraud, career criminal cases, sexual assaults, arson, child
                                                            recovery, juvenile, and the grand Jury.
The Special Activities Unit (SAU) conducted an
                                                            The Bureau is the District Attorney’s enforcement arm. For the purpose of criminal and civil
around the clock dignitary protection detail
                                                            prosecution, cases are submitted to the District Attorney by every law enforcement agency
for District Attorney Rod Pacheco, a gang Unit
                                                            within Riverside County’s jursidiction. The Bureau is responsible for the service of criminal
prosecutor, and their families. The protection details
                                                            and civil processes; and the identification, detection, and apprehension of suspects and
were employed after threats were made against the
                                                            witnesses.
District Attorney in a Press Enterprise newspaper
ad, which was in response to the gang injunction
                                                            During 2007, the staff of the Bureau handled 43,376 attorney generated requests for
against the “East Side Riva” criminal street gang.
                                                            investigation. They also handled more than 50 homicide and officer involved shooting call-
This 24-hour a day dignitary protection operation           outs and related investigations. From those investigations and related investigative requests,
concluded after the suspect Chandler Cardwell,              more than 195 search warrants were authored and served, and the division accrued more
a Press Enterprise employee, was identified, and            than 9,500 hours of overtime.
arrested. Cardwell subsequently pled guilty to one
felony count for making criminal threats and was            Additionally, members of the Bureau of Investigation are involved in the Riverside County
sentenced to 16 months in state prison.                     Regional gang Task Force, which specifically targets enforcement efforts toward gang related
                                                            crimes and the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team (SAFE), which centralized its efforts
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In September 1992, the remains of Rafael Norriega were discovered in the                               RANGE MASTER UNIT
hills of Moreno Valley. Justin Thomas was arrested for Mr. Norriega’s murder            The Range Master program ensures that all sworn bureau personnel
and taken into custody. He was later released pending further investigation.            are proficient with department authorized firearms through quarterly
Justin Thomas then moved to Austin Texas, where in 1995 he was convicted                range training sessions, maintains training records and the bureau’s
of murdering Regina Hartwell. The investigation continued into the murder               ammunition supply and weapons inventory.
of Mr. Norriega and murder charges were eventually filed against Justin
Thomas. Defendant Thomas was extradited back to California in 2000 to                   The Range Master Unit was responsible for conducting firearms
stand trial for the murder of Mr. Norriega.                                             familiarization training for the prosecutorial attorney staff and non-
                                                                                        sworn personnel of the office through various departmental training
Our investigators worked closely with the Austin Police Department, Bastrop             academies. The unit also provided weapons training to deputy
                                                                                        district attorneys who were authorized to carry firearms on duty
County Sheriff, Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers.
                                                                                        under special circumstances. This training was designed to ensure
Investigators also traveled to Libby, Montana where they located and                    the attorneys’ safety, proficiency with their weapon, and ability to
interviewed a witness. Investigators worked tirelessly for countless hours              satisfy the state’s requirement for the issuance of a CCW (Carrying a
over several days while in Texas, which ultimately resulted in the identification       Concealed Weapon) permit.
of more than forty witnesses that were considered impossible to locate.
                                                                                        The Range Master Unit, comprised of 12 members, included one
The case was successful and the final outcome resulted in the conviction of             Supervising Investigator who served as the lead range master, ten
Justin Thomas. The defendant later received the death penalty.                          Senior Investigators, and one Supervising Investigative Technician.
                                                                                        Each of the sworn members has attended a POST certified range
                                                                                        master certification course and many possess further degrees of
                                                                                        specialized firearms training and weapons maintenance beyond
                                                                                        the initial certification course. Each member has a highly developed
                                                                                        expertise in the realm of firearms.
 Investigative Technician Rebekah Ford

                                                                                      “The Bureau of Investigation is an invaluable asset to the successful
                                                                                      prosecution efforts of our office. It is because of their levels of expertise
                                                                                      and their tireless commitment to those who have been victimized that
                                                                                      they are able to transform anemic investigations into cases that are
                                                                                      evidentially sound and successfully prosecuted. All members of the
                                                                                      bureau play such an important role in every aspect of preparing cases
                                                                                      for trial, and every one of them is applauded for their work in making us
                                                                                      the ‘best of the best’, and the greatest Bureau in the state!”
                                                 Senior Investigators Michael Riley   - Chief Victor Greene
                                                          and Bruce Roger
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                                                      Division of
                                                    Victim Services


             Kristine Thornberry
            Director of Victim Services
       Mt. San Antonio College, A.S. - 1995
     Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 2005




 Advocate Services
 The Riverside County District Attorney’s Division of Victim Services was the major
 provider of comprehensive services to victims and witnesses of crime, as outlined
 in Penal Code section 13835.2. As the recognized designee, the Division provided
 mandated statutory services and receives state funding to do so.

 The Division of Victim Services provided services to 16,025 victims and witnesses.
 Nearly half of these services were provided by advocates in the Domestic Violence,
 Sexual Assault/Child Abuse, and Homicide units.

 Over 37 types of services were provided, including but not limited to, crisis
 intervention, court support, victim impact assistance, witness coordination, case
 status updates, and victim compensation assistance.

 In 2007, advocates provided a total of 78,186 services to victims and witnesses.




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Claims Unit
The Claims Unit acts as an agent of the state for the Victim Compensation Program
and provides assistance to victims in the form of direct payments to medical providers,
funeral homes, mental health professionals, or reimbursements for these types of
expenses incurred by victims, or those legally responsible for those expenses. Their
goal is to not only process claims in a timely manner, but also to show empathy and
provide caring assistance to victims during a particularly traumatic time. During the
2007 calendar year, the Claims Unit received 1,937 applications and paid $2,840,131.58
in benefits to victims.

In 2007, claims staff attended the state certified Entry Level Advocate training in Oakland.
The training proved to be extremely beneficial to claims technicians. It provided a
thorough understanding of the dynamics of victimization, which enhanced the services
provided to victims as staff demonstrated an increased sensitivity and awareness of the
larger issues impacting victims of crime

In September 2007, the Claims Unit went live on CaRES, the Victim Compensation                        Supervising Victim Services Advocate Debbie Anderson
Program’s new web-based claims processing system. The benefits of CaRES includes,                          and Victim Services Advocate Barbara Dreis
faster payments to victims and providers, an efficient process for handling claims, a
reduction in errors, and enhanced customer service.

                                                                     “Violent crime can be devastating for victims. Not only do they need emotional support,
                                                                     but financial assistance as well. Through the Victims of Crime Compensation Program,
                                                                     our victims receive the assistance needed to begin the healing process.”
                                                                     –Julie Gonzalez, Division of Victim Services, Advocate

                                                                  Family Justice Centers
                                                                  In 2007, the Riverside and Southwest Family Justice Centers (FJC) provided services to
                                                                  nearly 1,300 victims of domestic violence and their families, 300 of which were children.
                                                                  The FJCs continue to explore innovative ways to collaborate with our community
                                                                  partners in the protection and support of domestic violence victims and their families.
                                                                  The confidential mediation program highlights the FJCs ability to bring resources
                                                                  together toward this common goal.
                Riverside Family Justice Center
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           WALK A MILE
                                                      Parole Revocation
Melina, a domestic violence survivor, shared her
                                                      In 2007, the Division of Victim Services also implemented a new program through funding from the
experiences with the mission of helping others. In
                                                      governor’s Office of Emergency Services to provide support services to victims at parole revocation
her words, “If an event like this helps one person,
then it’s worth it.”                                  hearings. Victims are subpoenaed to give testimony at revocation hearings, which are considered
                                                      administrative hearings. These hearings are held at prisons and jails throughout the county and a
Melina’s journey to become a survivor lasted          victim must face a commissioner, defense attorney, parole agent, and the offender in a room often
over a decade. She spoke of how far the criminal      no larger than 12x12. It is an intimidating process for victims to face their offender in such close
justice system and law enforcement have come          proximity.
in recognizing domestic violence as a crime and
helping her as a victim. She also spoke of the        This new program provided an advocate to support victims at the hearings and provided information
services she received at the Riverside Family         on their rights and other services available through the Division of Victim Services and other
Justice Center and from the advocate who helped       community resources. The advocate worked in collaboration with the Department of Corrections
her through the court process.                        and Parole and has received positive feedback from commissioners and corrections staff.

                                                      Since implementing the program in July 2007, the parole advocate has provided support and
                                                      services to 56 victims and witnesses. 31% of victims served in this program were victims of domestic
                                                      violence, 26% were victims of assault and an additional 13% were victims of criminal threats. Other
                                                      crime types comprised the remaining 30%, which included robbery, sexual assault, child abuse,
                                                      elder abuse, property crimes, restraining order violations, and auto theft.

                                                      Domestic Violence Awareness Month
                                                      On October 29 – 31, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office held its 4th Annual Walk a Mile
     Assistant District Attorney Sara Danville        events to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Three separate events were held, one
                    and Melina
                                                      in each main region of the county. Unlike previous years, where men physically walked a mile in
                                                      women’s shoes, the shoes were used in displays to represent domestic violence victims in various
                                                      statistics. The change was well received by participants and helped to demonstrate the seriousness
                                                      of family violence. Each walk was hosted by District Attorney Rod Pacheco and featured local
                                                      elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders who spoke of their commitment to end
                                                      domestic violence.

                                                      The Walk a Mile events were successful on many levels including participation, which totaled over
                                                      600 countywide. We also fulfilled Melina’s mission to help others. At each of the events, women
                                                      came forward to bring their victimization to light and ask about available help.
      Southwest District Attorney’s Office
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                                                 Administrative
                                                   Division


            Kelly Keenan
       Assistant District Attorney
         Administrative Division
    U.S. Naval Academy, B.S. - 1982
   University of San Diego, J.D. - 1990
Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 1990


The Administrative Division of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is led
by Assistant District Attorney Kelly Keenan. The division oversees recruitment, the
Training Unit, the Appellate Unit, the Technical Support Unit, and Office Operations
(Budget/Finances, Human Resources, Facilities and Supplies, and Purchasing).




                           Employee Records and Benefits Manager Rene Goldman           Administration Building in Downtown Riverside
                                   and Facilities Manager Judy Sherman                                        Riverside Administration Building
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     Training Unit
     Supervising Deputy District Attorney Carlos Monagas managed the Training Unit, assisted by Training Officers
     Donna Wirth, Kathie Muniz, and Lisa Rodriguez. At the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, we
     understand that every successful prosecution is built on a foundation of training. Consequently, the Training
     Unit seeks to empower every employee through education. Our goal is to develop the expertise of our staff
     members and help them become leaders in their respective fields.

     The Training Unit offered one of the finest training programs for new prosecutors in the state of California. A
     seven-week “New DDA Academy” prepared attorneys for the demands of a prosecutorial career. New attorneys
     were taught trial case preparation, criminal procedure, motion writing, sentencing law, professionalism, and
     prosecutorial ethics. The academy also toured the county jail and state prison systems, the Department of
     Justice Crime Laboratory, the Coroner’s Office to view an autopsy, and a shooting range where students took
     part in firearms training. Towards the end of the academy, new prosecutors developed their trial advocacy
     abilities by participating in a mock trial. Students were critiqued by experienced prosecutors as they performed
     jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments. The unit conducted
     5 New DDA Academies, which trained a total of 72 new prosecutors.

     The Training Unit also provided ongoing training to deputy district attorneys. Prosecutors with over one
     year’s experience attended the “Advanced DDA Academy.” This week-long program prepared attorneys for the
     transition from handling misdemeanor cases to prosecuting felony matters. Prosecutors learned advanced
     trial practice, evidence, felony sentencing, and mental defenses. Two Advanced DDA Academies were held,
     which trained a total of 48 prosecutors.

     During the summer, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office offered clerkship opportunities to first and
     second-year law students. A four-day orientation academy was provided to 15 summer law clerks. First-year
     students were instructed on the preparation of motions, writs, and respondent’s briefs in criminal appeals.
     Second-year clerks learned criminal procedure and courtroom presentation. They gained invaluable advocacy
     experience by presenting felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanor jury trials. The second-year summer
     clerk program concluded with a closing argument competition. The goal of the competition was to develop the
     legal thinking and oral advocacy skills of our second-year law clerks. Competitors presented their arguments
     to a jury of experienced prosecutors. Jurors scored the competitors on the strength of their presentations.

     The Training Unit conducted 15 orientation academies for investigators, paralegals, advocates, and clerical
     personnel. The unit also instructed 250 representatives from various law enforcement agencies from across
     the state on the topics of sexual assault/child abuse investigations, DUI training, and search warrants. In 2007,
     the Training Unit organized 57 separate classes or academies and trained more than 1,500 people.


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District Attorney Rod Pacheco swears in new deputy district attorneys
             Riverside Historic Court House, Department 1
   Appellate Unit
   Supervising Deputy District Attorney Elaina Bentley led the Writs and Appeals Unit which included the Victim Restitution Unit and the Asset
   Forfeiture Unit.

   Writs and Appeals
   In 2007, five prosecutors (Elise Farrell, Matt Reilly, Jacqueline Jackson, Alan Tate, and Dan Ackerman) were assigned to the unit and safeguarded
   our prosecutors’ convictions by seeking writs, pursuing appeals, and litigating habeas corpus evidentiary hearings. The unit also handled specialized
   legal matters, including post-judgment litigation, California Public Records Act Requests, and discovery matters.

   In addition to appellate work, the Appellate Unit provided countywide law and motion trainings to our trial prosecutors and to other law enforcement
   and prosecutorial agencies. The Appellate Unit, in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Executive Division, produced a statewide bi-monthly law
   enforcement training bulletin, titled the DA Legal Update, which addressed legal issues such as search and seizure, detentions, and interviewing and
   interrogating techniques.

   The Writs & Appeals Unit was also involved in issues of importance to prosecutors and victims at both the local and statewide levels. In 2007, our
   office took the lead among prosecutorial offices across the state to spearhead the “Intervener Lawsuit,” a federal effort to prevent the premature
   release of nearly 40, 000 prisoners. If released, Riverside County alone could expect the premature return of 2,640 felons to our local communities
   and a significant increase in overcrowding in our local jails.



When Supervising Deputy District Attorney Vince Fabrizio        In People v. Semaan, et al., Deputy District Attorney
was physically attacked by the defendant during trial in the    Elise Farrell successfully argued before the
case of People v. Machuca, the trial court believed he had no   California Supreme Court that the Court of Appeals
choice but to grant the defendant a mistrial.                   misinterpreted Penal Code section 186.11, thereby
                                                                preventing restitution to victims in fraud cases.
Deputy District Attorney Alan Tate quickly drafted an
opposition and argued that dismissing the case based on         In this case, the defendant placed assets under
the defendant’s calculated misconduct would be improperly       family members’ names who claimed innocent
rewarding this defendant and encourage open-season on           ownership to defeat seizure and restitution.
prosecutors whenever a defendant did not like the way his       The Court reversed the decision of the Court of
or her trial was proceeding. The trial court agreed and did     Appeals and set forth the appropriate procedures
not grant the defendant’s request for a mistrial.               to be utilized under this section.
                                                                                                                              Deputy District Attorney
                                                                                                                                   Elise Farrell
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                                  FEDERAL LAWSUIT TO PREVENT EARLY RELEASE OF PRISONERS
In August 2007, Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco filed the           The motion was filed in opposition after the United States District Court for the
“Intervener Lawsuit,” a motion in federal court seeking intervention on behalf     Eastern and Northern District of California appointed a three judge panel to
of the citizens of Riverside County to prevent the early release of thousands of   recommend solutions including a prison population cap and issuing an early
criminals from state prison.                                                       release order.

In documents filed in United States District Court, Pacheco sought to intervene    Pacheco gathered the support of elected District Attorneys from Amador,
in the federal lawsuits that would consider the early release of inmates due       Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Kern, Kings, Nevada, Orange, Placer,
to prison overcrowding. The class action lawsuits were filed by Ralph Coleman      Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara,
and Marciano Plata against governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the State of         Solano, Tehama, Tuolumne, and Ventura counties.
California asking the court to address prison population issues.

“We need to ensure that the dangerous and violent criminals that we have sent to prison in order to protect the citizens of Riverside County are not
released only to commit more violent acts against the men, women, and children of our community”
- District Attorney Rod Pacheco



Asset Forfeiture Unit
State civil asset forfeiture laws provide for the seizure and forfeiture of assets that are used to facilitate, are
obtained in exchange for, or are the proceeds of drug manufacturing, transportation, or sales. Civil forfeiture
is designed to remove the tools and profits from the criminals engaged in drug trade, prevent reinvestment
back into drug trade, and promote law enforcement.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ron Lillard, Senior Legal Support Assistant Carrie Zimmerman, and
Accounting Technician Daniela Tanase are responsible for the initiation, processing, court adjudication, and
distribution of all assets seized. Riverside County is routinely one of the busiest and most effective in the state
in the number of cases initiated, the amount of property seized, and the amount forfeited and distributed.
                                                                                                                              Senior Deputy District Attorney
                                                                                                                                       Ron Lillard
Victim Restitution Unit
Created by the California Victim Compensation government Claims Board (VCgCB), this countywide unit obtained reimbursement from defendants whose
criminal actions have resulted in financial loss to victims. With the goal of ensuring that criminal defendants pay restitution to their victims, the Victim
Restitution Unit tracked criminal cases where victims have received financial assistance from the state restitution fund for certain authorized losses.
Staffed by two specialized paralegals, Lydia Garcia and Jasmine Marquez, and LSA II Adriana Covey, this unit handled over 2,000 cases and in less than
one year, successfully ordered over $600,000 in restitution reimbursement to the state restitution fund.
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 Technology Support Unit
 The Technology Support Unit (TSU) combined the expertise of 13 skilled professionals to provide technology
 support to over 800 staff members throughout the county. TSU is led by Information Technology Officer Michael
 Ouellette. TSU maintained network security and ensured that all personnel had access to e-mail, the Internet,
 shared files, printers, and all other databases. The unit provided technical support and maintenance for the
 Riverside County District Attorney’s Office business information systems, internet, and intranet web sites. The
 unit also offered troubleshooting and repair support for all desktop hardware and software.

 TSU provided significant support for the office in 2007, which included:

 MIGRATION of over 800 employees to a new office e-mail system.
 AUTOMATION of a process to generate letters to victims and witnesses of crime for the Victim Rights Project
 COLLABORATION with local law enforcement agencies to establish a data repository for a statewide gang
 information system.
 OPERATION of 12 video teleconferencing systems countywide for meetings, trainings, conferences, and lifer            Information Technology Officer
 hearings.                                                                                                               Michael Ouellette instructs
                                                                                                                   User Support Technician Adrian Sastre


                                        Office Operations
                                        The Administrative Division managed all office operations and supplied service and support to other court
                                        operations divisions countywide. Administration also offered staff support for prosecutors, controlled the
                                        budget, provided personnel services, acquired supplies and equipment, handled all facilities for the Riverside
                                        County District Attorney’s Office, and supervised all state and federal grant programs.

                                       The population growth in the County of Riverside has been unprecedented. Similarly, the Riverside County
                                       District Attorney’s Office has grown to keep up with the demands for prosecutorial services. As the office
                                       grows, so does the need to expand our facilities. Progress is being made to expand our building space in all
                                       three divisions. Currently, there are several locations throughout the City of Riverside to house the Western
                                       Division. Steadfast preparations are in the planning stages for a new Riverside building that would house all
                                       Western Division staff. Likewise, the Southwest Division also has several locations that house staff and a new
      Office Assistant Ruth Speirs     building is underway to accommodate all southwest district attorney staff. In the Eastern Division, approved
                                       plans are in place for the remodeling of the existing building.

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                                                                                                           Executive
                              Stephanie Garthwaite
                                                                                                            Division
                                 Chief Executive Officer
                       Riverside Community College, A.S. – 2002
                           University of Redlands, B.S. - 2005
                        Joined the District Attorney’s Office - 2003



Created by District Attorney Rod Pacheco in November 2006, it is the Executive Division’s
responsibility to oversee all office events, programs, publications, and release of public
information. The purpose of the Executive Division is to raise awareness of the District Attorney’s
role in the criminal justice system and in the community through education, insight and an open
dialogue.
                     VICTIMS                                                  MEDIA RELATIONS
Victims’ Rights Week, Walk a Mile, the Victim Rights           Public Information Officers work with the media in
Manual, and videos such as “A Victim’s Voice Will Be           each region of the county to ensure that residents
Heard,” have helped victims see that they are not              are apprised of current office events, cases, and
alone in the criminal justice system and will never be         public safety issues.
forgotten.

        COMMUNITY AND STUDENTS                                                   LEGISLATION

The College Academy, Citizens Academy, and In an effort to further protect our community, our
Red Ribbon Week provide an opportunity for the office collaborates and actively participates in
community to see firsthand how the criminal justice legislation that affects public safety.
system operates.

           EMPLOYEE ENRICHMENT                                         CRIME PREVENTION & TRAINING

Internal programs, such as our annual awards                    The gang Summit, Most Wanted Fugitives, and
banquet “Program Rewarding Incentive of District                Riverside’s Top 10 Cases emphasize the most
Attorney Employees” (PRIDE), Burgers with the Boss,             vicious crimes and criminals in our community and
the family picnic, and the employee newsletter                  highlights not only the delivery of justice, but also
promote greater camaraderie among staff.                        how we work to keep our neighborhoods safe.
                                                                                                                        Public Information Officer
                                                                                                                           Michael Jeandron          49
South Corridor of the Riverside Historic Court House
                                                                                                        District Attorney Awards




Senior Deputy District Attorney Sean Crandell presented a “Guardian of Justice” award to Lory Gleason
             recognizing all her work on behalf of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD)                                           51
 24th Annual Pride Awards Banquet “An Evening in Paris”
 Friday, March 16, 2007
 South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula




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                                                                   “Stick It To ‘Em” Award                Sharunne Foster & Elan Zektser
                                                                                                                  (Southwest)                        Felony Prosecutor of the Year
                                                                   Deputy District Attorney
                                                                                                                                                            Otis Sterling
                                                                          Tim Freer




                                    Prosecutor of the Year
                                      Michelle Paradise


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BIG HEART AWARD                                                      GROUP AWARD
Anne Marie Eland                                                     The Filing Unit (East): Noemi Esquibel, Jessica Ellerbroek, Maria garrison,
                                                                     Elizabeth Reynoso, Teresa Hill, and Maria Sanchez
ROCKY AWARD                                                          The Complaints Filing Unit (Southwest): Brandy Walters, Nadia Surani,
Peter Nolan                                                           Patricia Cole, Esa Patterson, and Carrie Delbenes
                                                                     The Lifer Unit (West): Linda Dunn, John Ruiz, Stephanie garthwaite,
PHOENIX AWARD                                                        Christine Lopez, Sylvia Moralez, Patricia Aylward and, Marilyn Baldwin
Victoria Weiss                                                        The Writs and Appeals Unit (Countywide): Elaina Bentley, Elise Farrell, Matt Reilly,
                                                                     Jacqueline Jackson, Alan Tate, Jessica Ramirez, Kelly Hulen and, Christina Wong
STICK IT TO ‘EM AWARD
Tim Freer (Southwest)                                                PARALEGAL OF THE YEAR
Carlos Monagas, John Davis, Ron garcia, and David Fernandez (West)   Linda Lujan, Jeannie De Shazo, Jessica Ramirez, and Evelyn Essenwanger

BULL DOG AWARD                                                       INVESTIGATIVE TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR
Ella Fernandez                                                       Claudio Tagle (East)
                                                                     Dorla Jones and Denise Magdaleno (Southwest)
TEAM PLAYER AWARD                                                    Brian Cosner (West)
Mike Petti and Melissa Hernandez
                                                                     INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD                                            Bruce Moore (East)
Michael Rushton and Vince Fabrizio                                   Michael gallivan (Southwest)
                                                                     D.J. Mannion and Julie Lowrey (West)
EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SAFETY AWARD                                    Larry Lansford and Rick Fuentes (Countywide)
Supervisor Marion Ashley, Captain Jim Domenoe, and Rich Bitonti
                                                                     MISDEMEANOR PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR
LEGAL SUPPORT ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR                                  Kristi Daw, Daniel L. Dow, and Christopher Ross (East)
Raquel galvan (East)                                                 Elan zektser and Sharunne Foster (Southwest)
Nadia Surani (Southwest)                                             Rachel Tallon Pickens and Nickolaus Peterson (West)
Lenyllyn Flores (West)
Lupe zambrano (Bureau)                                               FELONY PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR
                                                                     Otis Sterling (East)
ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR                                  Sean Lafferty (Southwest)
Ted Olko (East)                                                      Jessica graham and Debra Postil (West)
Tom Reddekopp (Southwest)
Karen Leite and Linette Olivarez (Countywide)                        JUVENILE PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR
                                                                     Sarah Crowley
VICTIM SERVICES ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Aimee Rangel (East)                                                  SPS PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR
Elizabeth Smith (Southwest)                                          Stephanie Weissman
Melissa Hernandez (West)
Amy McKenzie (Countywide)                                            PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR
                                                                     Michelle Paradise
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                     OFFICE RECOGNITION                                                                         GUARDIANS OF JUSTICE
Supervising Victim Services Advocate                                                           The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office held the inaugural “Guardians of
Marilyn Baldwin and Senior Deputy                                                              Justice” awards luncheon where we paid tribute to crime victims and survivors
     District Attorney John Ruiz        MARILyN BALDWIN AND JOHN RUIz RECEIVED A               and honored service providers, justice and law enforcement professionals, and
                                                        SPECIAL AWARD                          community leaders for their united efforts in strengthening justice.
                                       For going above and beyond to ensure that victims
                                           are represented at every lifer parole hearing
                                        By THE DORIS TATE CRIME VICTIMS FOUNDATION                             SCOTT LEASON
                                                                                               Robbed while working at a liquor store, Scott
                                                                                               was shot in the head and lost his sight and sense
                                                                                               of smell. Scott participates at parole hearings, is
                                                                                               an avid water-skier, and provides pet therapy to
                                                                                               soldiers.


                            DISTRICT ATTORNEy ROD PACHECO NAMED                                               LORY GLEASON
                                                                                               Lory’s son, Ryan, was killed by a drunk driver in
                               DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR
                                                                                               2002. Since that time, she has persevered and
                          By THE DORIS TATE CRIME VICTIMS FOUNDATION                           become an advocate for the Riverside County
                                                                                               MADD organization.                                                      Scott Leason
                     DISTRICT ATTORNEy ROD PACHECO NAMED ONE OF THE
                                                                                                              ANDRES BUENO                                   JURUPA SHERIFF’S STATION
                        TOP 100 INFLUENTIAL LAWYERS IN CALIFORNIA                              Deputy Doolittle was attacked responding to a         In a kidnapping and rape case, the station
                        By THE L.A. AND SAN FRANCISCO DAILy JOURNALS                           disturbing the peace call. Andres interceded and      contained and searched the scene, provided the
                                                                                               saved her life.                                       victim timely medical aid, and immediately located
                                                                                                                                                     the suspects.
                          DISTRICT ATTORNEy ROD PACHECO RECEIVED
                          COMMUNITY SERVICE OF THE YEAR AWARD                                                                                         LINDSEY YOUNG & OFFICER PORTALES
                                  By LATINOS OF DISTINCTION                                                                                          Lindsey contacted police twice about a suspicious
                                                                                                                                                     vehicle. Officer Portales questioned the subject
                                                                                                                                                     and found a tied up kidnap victim in the vehicle.
                                                                                                                                                     Their tenacity saved the victim’s life.

                                                                                                                                                                     HECTOR ORTIZ
                                                                                                                                                     Hector coordinated the free distribution of 46,000
                                                                                                                                                     box tops to 23 Papa John’s pizza locations to
           MICHELLE PARADISE NAMED                                                                                                                   promote Victims’ Rights Week.
                                                                                                    Andres Bueno, Deputy Doolittle,
        PROSECUTOR OF THE YEAR By THE                                                              and District Attorney Rod Pacheco
   CALIFORNIA DISTRICT ATTORNEy’S ASSOCIATION                                                                                                                 STEPHANIE GARTHWAITE
                                                                                                                KELLY HUME                           Stephanie received a special award for her
                                                                                               A physical therapist to disabled children, Kelly      countless sacrifices on behalf of victims.
                                                         San Luis Obispo District Attorney     was instrumental in a shaken baby case and her
                                                        Gerald Shea andScott Leason
                                                                              Senior Deputy    advocacy skills in court were unparalleled.
                                                         District Attorney Michelle Paradise
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                                                             SPECIAL THANKS
We are grateful to all the Riverside County’s criminal justice agencies, who without their collaboration, dedication, and professionalism
                             the work of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office would not be possible.


                   Supervisor Marion Ashley, District 5                                             City of La quinta
                              City of Banning                                                     City of Lake Elsinore
                       Banning Police Department                                                 City of Moreno Valley
                             City of Beaumont                                                        City of Murrieta
                      Beaumont Police Department                                              Murrieta Police Department
                     Supervisor Bob Buster, District 1                                                City of Norco
                               City of Blythe                                                      City of Palm Desert
                        Blythe Police Department                                                  City of Palm Springs
                     California Department of Justice                                      Palm Springs Police Department
                California Highway Patrol, Inland Division                                             City of Perris
                               Cathedral City                                                    City of Rancho Mirage
                    Cathedral City Police Department                                                 City of Riverside
                              City of Calimesa                                               Riverside Police Department
                            City of Canyon Lake                                   Riverside Community College Police Department
                             City of Coachella                                            Riverside County Fire Department
                               City of Corona                                             Riverside County Probation Office
                        Corona Police Department                                        Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
                        City of Desert Hot Springs                                                 City of San Jacinto
                 Desert Hot Springs Police Department                                       Supervisor Jeff Stone, District 3
                               City of Hemet                                            Supervisor John Tavaglione, District 2
                        Hemet Police Department                                                     City of Temecula
                            City of Indian Wells                                 University of California, Riverside, Police Department
                                City of Indio                                              Supervisor Roy Wilson, District 4
                         Indio Police Department




                                                                                      This report has been prepared by Staff Writer Melody Coleman
                                                                                      Photos by Becki Smith Photography

                                                                                      Not printed at taxpayer’s expense
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Southwest Division                      Western Division                     Eastern Division
      MAIN OFFICE                            MAIN OFFICE                         MAIN OFFICE
        Murrieta                               Riverside                             Indio
   30755-D Auld Road                       4075 Main Street                  82-675 Highway 111
        3rd Floor                         Riverside, CA 92501                      4th Floor
   Murrieta, CA 92563                       (951) 955-5400                     Indio, CA 92201
     (951) 304-5400                                                             (760) 863-8216
                                           BRANCH OFFICES
    BRANCH OFFICE                       Administration/Training                BRANCH OFFICE
 Bureau of Investigation                   3403 10th Street                         Blythe
 30045 Technology Drive                        Suite 200                     220 North Broadway
        Suite 103                         Riverside, CA 92501                 Blythe, CA 92225
   Murrieta, CA 92563                       (951) 955-0200                      (760) 921-7878
     (951) 304-5450
                           Bureau of Investigation    Child Recovery Unit
                             2300 Market Street       2001 Iowa Avenue
                                  Suite 300                Suite 218
                            Riverside, CA 92501       Riverside, CA 92507
                               (951) 955-5430           (951) 955-5659

                                 Banning                  Juvenile Office
                           135 North Alessandro      9991 County Farm Road
                                Room 210               Riverside, CA 92503
                            Banning, CA 92220            (951) 358-4140
                              (951) 922-7130




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