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Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty on Possession of Live Ammunition

Jun 29, 2016
Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty on Possession of Live Ammunition

By Sarah Gregory The trial of Gregory Anthony Steele began on the morning of June 28, 2016.  This trial was organized after a West Sacramento police officer arrested and searched a wanted man for failing to make contact with his parole officer on April 13, 2016. Methamphetamine and a single live .22 caliber bullet...

Unusual 2nd Preliminary Hearing Held in Angels’ Assault Case

Jun 20, 2016
Unusual 2nd Preliminary Hearing Held in Angels’ Assault Case

by Satyen Bhatia The preliminary hearing for Juan and Salvador Angel was held Wednesday, June 17, for a second time. The prosecution of the defendants is following a domestic dispute that police responded to in the early morning hours of April 4, 2016. Juan Manuel Angel and his younger brother Salvador Angel are charged...

Shoplifting Trial Wraps Up in Yolo County Court

Jun 17, 2016
Shoplifting Trial Wraps Up in Yolo County Court

by Prince Sahota Witnesses Testify in Shoplifting Trial The trial of Delvonte Slaughter reconvened with the testimony of an eyewitness, West Sacramento police officers and a crime scene investigator.  The prosecution of the defendant follows a shoplifting incident at Capital City Loan & Jewelry on April 27, 2015. The prosecutor questioned “Mr. S,” the...

Closing Arguments in Shoplifting Trial

Jun 9, 2016
Closing Arguments in Shoplifting Trial

By Misha Berman In Department 7 on June 7, 2016, during the afternoon, both Deputy District Attorney Kyle Hasapes and Deputy Public Defender Dean Johansson presented their closing arguments in the trial of Defendant Lloyd Reber. Mr. Hasapes was the first attorney to present his closing argument. He set up an overhead projector that...

Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty on All Charges in UCD Sexual Assault Case

Jun 3, 2016
Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty on All Charges in UCD Sexual Assault Case

by Tiffany Yeh Defendant Ephrem Rukundo was found not guilty on all three charges: felony oral copulation with an unconscious person, felony anal or genital penetration of an unconscious person with a foreign object, and misdemeanor sexual battery. The jury began deliberating around 12:26pm Thursday (June 2, 2016). Around 3:40pm the same day, the...

Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty on All Charges in UCD Sexual Assault Case

Jun 3, 2016
Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty on All Charges in UCD Sexual Assault Case

by Tiffany Yeh Defendant Ephrem Rukundo was found not guilty on all three charges: felony oral copulation with an unconscious person, felony anal or genital penetration of an unconscious person with a foreign object, and misdemeanor sexual battery. The jury began deliberating around 12:26pm Thursday (June 2, 2016). Around 3:40pm the same day, the...

Defendant Testifies in UCD Sexual Assault Trial

Jun 2, 2016
Defendant Testifies in UCD Sexual Assault Trial

By Tiffany Yeh  Defendant Ephrem Rukundo is charged with sexual battery (misdemeanor), and oral copulation and sexual penetration of unconscious person (felonies). Mr. Rukundo testified today, with a translator present next to him. Mr. Rukundo needed help from the translator with three words/phrases, including: “turning around” and “census.” Mr. Rukundo explained that English is...

Defendant Testifies in UCD Sexual Assault Trial

Jun 2, 2016
Defendant Testifies in UCD Sexual Assault Trial

By Tiffany Yeh  Defendant Ephrem Rukundo is charged with sexual battery (misdemeanor), and oral copulation and sexual penetration of an unconscious person (felonies). Mr. Rukundo testified in the ongoing trial on May 31, 2016, with an interpreter present next to him. Mr. Rukundo needed help from the interpreter with three words/phrases, including: “turning around”...

Judge Holds Defendant to Answer in Forgery and Counterfeiting Case

May 30, 2016
Judge Holds Defendant to Answer  in Forgery and Counterfeiting Case

by Tiffany Yeh Floyd Taylor is charged with a felony Cal PC 476a, forgery and counterfeiting charge; in the amount of $35,000. Judge David Reed held Mr. Taylor to answer. Floyd Taylor used to own a company called FBT Transport. He was to pay Enterprise Commercial Truck Rental $35,000 on or before 1/31/15. He...

Judge Holds Defendant to Answer in Forgery and Counterfeiting Case

May 30, 2016
Judge Holds Defendant to Answer in Forgery and Counterfeiting Case

by Tiffany Yeh Floyd Taylor is charged with felony forgery and counterfeiting in the amount of $35,000, a violation of Penal Code section 476a. Judge David Reed held Mr. Taylor to answer. Floyd Taylor used to own a company called FBT Transport. He was to pay Enterprise Truck Rental $35,000 on or before January...

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