Friday, March 31, 2017

Another successful operation for SANCATT

Another successful operation for SANCATT who assisted the Rialto Police Department with a search warrant at a Chop Shop. They recovered a chopped Harley Davidson and arrested the suspect.  
In 2016, SANCATT conducted 705 investigations which resulted in the following 213 arrests and the recovery of 550 vehicles and components.

During the course of their investigations, they uncovered and closed down 39 chop shops, which is a place where stolen vehicles are dismantled so the parts can be sold.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

District Attorney’s Office releases Sexual Assault PSA

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – In December 2016, a brave female survivor stood in a courtroom before the man who raped her when she was 12-years-old and read the following victim impact statement:

I feel robbed of my childhood and experiences. There is a sense of damage I feel whenever I think about what has happened to me. Being a victim of rape makes me think I am weak. Some days I don’t want to do anything. It is crippling to wake up every day and have to face the world with this burden. I look at my family and I feel like a disappointment, I look at myself and I don’t know who I see. The amount of time that he gets in jail is not equal to the damage he has caused to myself and my family.

To celebrate the courage of this young girl, also known as Jane Doe for privacy reasons, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office created a 60-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) for sexual assault survivors. The PSA is inspired by the words of the young survivor in case that was prosecuted by Lead Deputy District Attorney Kathy DiDonato.

“This young girl’s case shows how many of our victims suffer so much beyond just the physical aspects of the crime,” said DiDonato, who oversees the Family Violence Unit in the Victorville Division. “They are also forced to deal with mental anguish that can last a lifetime. If nothing else, I hope other victims in a similar situation will see this and feel empowered by the strength of Jane Doe who faced her accuser in court and chose to seek help.”

The aim of this PSA is to connect young victims of sexual assault in San Bernardino County with the necessary services they need. Help is available, and survivors are encouraged to contact the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services at (909) 382-3846.

The defendant in this case was sentenced to 30 years in state prison for the atrocious crimes he committed against Jane Doe.

“While the damage this defendant committed will always be a memory for Jane Doe, her words and bravery in the face of evil will be an even bigger force to empower other victims in similar situations,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “We have a trained staff of caring advocates ready to connect victims of crime with the services they need to get their lives back on track.”

To view the PSA on YouTube click on the following link:

District Attorney Mike Ramos met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to push public safety and victims’ rights

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos and members of the NDDA executive committee met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions today to push public safety and victims’ rights.

In the meeting, Attorney General Sessions and District Attorney Ramos—who is also the current president of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)—discussed further strengthening the relationship between elected District Attorneys and the Department of Justice.

According to Ramos, this joint effort has become even more necessary following the December 2nd terrorist attack in San Bernardino and similar attacks across the nation. 

“Today’s meeting with the Attorney General was productive and left me feeling optimistic about the future of law enforcement and public safety,” said Ramos. “During the course of our conversation Mr. Sessions not only indicated his intentions to protect our peace officers, but he said that he would like to see our county’s Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit protocol and potentially use it at the federal level to protect federal peace officers.”

In addition, District Attorney Ramos and Attorney General Sessions spoke specifically about reducing gang violence and the drug epidemic across America.

“Now, more than ever, is the time that we as members of the justice community need to stand up and strengthen our resolve to protect the rights of our victims and public safety.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Moreno Valley man sentenced in the shooting death of a 4-year-old boy in Highland

Daniel Munoz
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Moreno Valley man was sentenced today for the 2015 shooting death of 4-year-old Daniel Munoz of Highland.

San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Christianson sentenced 22-year-old Darron Daniels to 78 years to life in state prison.

The victim’s parents and sister read impact statements prior to the pronouncement of judgement today. The following are excerpts from each statement:

“This is a terrible pain for me,” said Oscar Munoz, the victim’s father. “Once you lose him you will never get him back, but the image of my son will never be erased from my mind.”

“I was not able to celebrate his fifth birthday, or any upcoming birthdays,” said Yuliana Morales, the victim’s mother. “I will not see him go to junior high school or high school or college because of this man’s actions.” 

Holding up a photo of Daniel at his preschool graduation, his mother added: “This is the last graduation of his I will ever attend.”

In Nov. 2016, a San Bernardino jury found Daniels (pictured right) guilty of one count of second degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. The jury also found true multiple gun allegations.

According to Supervising Deputy District Attorney Jill Gregory, who prosecuted the case, Daniel was the unintended victim of a dispute that occurred between a drug dealer and other men who were gathered across the street from where he was staying at a relative’s house. 

“At the time Daniel was shot and killed, he was in the front yard playing with a stuffed animal,” said Gregory.

This case was investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Homicide Division.

Maurice Kelley, 27, of San Bernardino, was sentenced Dec. 7, 2016 to 6 years in state prison for his role in the murder.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Breaking the Cycle: District Attorney’s Office Works at National Level to Combat Domestic Violence

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – Working in conjunction with the Women Prosecutors Section of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office assisted in developing a Best Practices Guide aimed at combatting domestic violence.
According to Assistant District Attorney Mary Ashley—who is currently vice-chair of the Women Prosecutors Section (WPS) alongside Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey—the newly-released National Domestic Violence Prosecution Best Practices Guide is aimed at informing and recommending practices that are effective and consistent throughout the nation. 
“On this surface this guide is about best practices, but deep down, it’s about reducing violence against women,” said Ashley. “It’s about combatting the issues of sexual assault and human trafficking and all crimes against children—and it’s about empowering victims to break the cycle of abuse. These are problems that plague our county as well as victims across the state and nation.”
Ashley added, in 2016, there were over 3,100 domestic-violence related cases filed in San Bernardino County. During that same time frame, 271 defendants were sentenced to state prison for a total of 1,296 years and 1,744 defendants were sentenced to County Prison and County jail for a total of 696 years.
The primary goal of drafting and releasing this resource is to increase victim safety, offender accountability, and community accountability by challenging prosecutors to aggressively prosecute domestic violence cases when the evidence supports prosecution and promoting multidisciplinary, multi-agency collaborations and co-located service models, such as family justice centers and similar multi-agency approaches and coordinated community responses. 
Among the key items covered include:
·         Strategies for the successful prosecution of cases even when victims are unable or unwilling to participate in prosecution. 

·         Ways prosecutors can play a valuable role in advocating for community-oriented interventions to help support survivors and their children in breaking the vicious, generational cycle of family violence.

To view the entire document, visit:
“As a representative of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, it is an extraordinary opportunity to be at the table on these vital issues whether it be through training, seeking additional government resources and funding for our county, advocating for victims’ rights, and sharing best practices,” said Ashley.
The goal of the WPS is to promote mentorship and leadership for women across the country in prosecutor’s offices and building a culture of women leaders in the criminal justice system. The WPS creates opportunities to address issues such as Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse at a national level and create partnerships and materials to assist prosecutors in handling these cases. 

Hesperia mother faces life in prison after being found guilty of child homicide charges

Jaimi Roberts (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A Hesperia mother who attacked her 2-year-old child faces life in prison after being found guilty Wednesday of child homicide charges.

Jaimi Roberts, 24, was found guilty of assault on a child causing death, and a separate charge of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the April 24, 2014 death of her son, Grant Dunn Jr. She faces 25 years to life when she is sentenced May 12 by Judge Eric Nakata in Superior Court in Victorville.

“We are very pleased that little Grant Jr.’s killer is being held responsible,” Deputy District Attorney David Foy, who prosecuted the 10-day trial, said. “The defendant deserves every day of her prison sentence.”

Paramedics went to the Hesperia home of Roberts, then 21, in the afternoon after the child had gone unconscious. Roberts and her boyfriend had described to San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies how the child had been throwing up since the day before, but had gotten progressively sicker the next day, and finally stopped breathing and lost consciousness.

Roberts told deputies she had “play-wrestled” with him MMA style on the evening of April 22, 2014, and had elbowed him in the abdomen, but he seemed fine afterward.

The child was hospitalized but died later that afternoon.
According to Foy, an autopsy showed he died from a severe blow to the abdomen, consistent with a punch or elbow, causing the lower intestine to rupture and spilling waste into the abdominal cavity, resulting in peritonitis and then sepsis that spread through his bloodstream and shut down vital organs.

The next day, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s homicide detectives questioned Roberts again. After an hour of denying inflicting any hard elbow strikes during the “wrestling,” she finally admitted she elbowed the boy hard twice in the abdomen, and demonstrated on video.

Roberts also admitted doing Internet searches for the terms “abdominal trauma,” “broken rib” and “appendix injury” an hour before 911 was called. She also admitted inflicting a severe bite wound on the child’s shoulder on the day of the “wrestling.”

During the trial, the victim’s father testified that after he broke up with Roberts, he witnessed her punching the child in the stomach and physically attacked her to break up the assault on his son. That incident was not reported to police.

Roberts testified at trial that she falsely confessed, and never actually elbowed the child to the stomach. She told the jury he never showed signs of serious illness until just before he lost consciousness on April 24, 2014. She denied the prior child abuse as claimed by the boy’s father.