Monday, March 6, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Michael Todd, Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ  –  Watsonville gang kingpin Oscar “Baby Joker” Cabrera is appealing his conviction for first-degree murder after a killing nearly 11 years ago that prompted an international search.

Defense attorney Art Dudley filed a notice of appeal Feb. 24 in Santa Cruz County Superior Court. The notice initiates the appeal process and does not cite specific grounds for reconsideration. Dudley was unavailable for comment at his Santa Cruz law office Thursday.


Sheyanne Romero, Visalia Times Delta

A man convicted of killing an elderly man will remain in prison for the next five years.

Gary Brasuell, 43, was denied parole by a parole board at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.

In 1997, Brasuell was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 26-years-to-life in prison. He was accused of beating a 67-year-old Exeter man to death with the victim's cane.


Beatriz Valenzuela, The Press-Enterprise

More than 200 law enforcement officers took to Inland Empire streets recently as part of an operation targeting a violent Riverside street gang and resulted in the arrests of eight people, officials said.

Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, officials led by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department served multiple search warrants at several locations in Riverside County and one in Ontario in connection to recent gang-related crimes connected to the Westside Riva gang, according to a sheriff’s press release.

Man gets 6 months for smuggling phones into Camarillo lockup
Hector Gonzalez, Camarillo Acorn

A 23-year employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will spend about six months behind bars for smuggling cellphones to wards at the department’s juvenile lockup in Camarillo, a judge ruled.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Bruce Young last week sentenced Samuel Grimes, 56, of Port Hueneme to 181 days in county jail and 36 months’ probation.

Grimes, who worked as a counselor at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility on Wright Road until 2015, pleaded no contest Jan. 20 to one count of conspiracy.


The Sacramento Bee

On Tuesday, a year will have passed since a brief report of an all-too-common tragedy:

“A 2-year-old girl remained in critical condition Tuesday, the day after she reportedly shot herself at a south Sacramento County residence,” The Sacramento Bee story from last year read.

The family had told Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators that the little girl had found a gun in the house on Countryfield Drive, and shot herself in the head.

The story was retold over the July Fourth weekend last year, when a 3-year-old girl found a handgun in the bedroom of an apartment she and her family were visiting in Lemoore, and fatally shot herself in the head. In Chowchilla six weeks ago, a 1-year-old boy died when his young sister found and fired a handgun that belonged to their mother, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer.