Monday, July 3, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Should a convicted killer get a shot at parole? Two California sisters say absolutely not. But what if the man – their stepfather -- maintains he is innocent?
Tracy Smith, CBS News 48 Hours

"Our mother was feisty—incredibly vibrant," Jeanette Marine said of her mother, Phonthip Ott.

"She was spunky. She was fun. She was that fun mom," added sister Tippy Dhaliwal.

"Our grandparents picked us up to visit for the day. And when we returned home from the visit and we walked inside and she's not there," said Tippy, who was 14 at the time. Her sister was 10.

CALIFORNIA INMATES

Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise

A Banning man who robbed two people at knifepoint in 2013 was found dead in his prison cell at Salinas Valley State Prison.

Cedric James Saunders, 22, had been convicted of second-degree robbery with a gang enhancement after the Jan. 17, 2013 robbery.

PROPOSITION 57

Sarah Ravani, The San Francisco Chronicle

Nearly four years after a young football standout from Oakland was jailed and accused of robbing a line of casual carpoolers in the city’s Rockridge neighborhood, his supporters packed a court gallery Friday to push for the still-unsettled case to be moved to juvenile court.

Dajon Ford has been locked up in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, awaiting trial in adult court, but a measure passed by voters in November may change his fate.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Kamala Kelkar, PBS

The newest editor of a radical newspaper in San Francisco that empowers people in prison and the storied Bayview neighborhood has decades of experience that don’t often make resumes.

Troy Williams spent 18 years of a life sentence at San Quentin State Prison before he was released on parole and moved to Oakland in 2014. But even before he was arrested for trying to rob a computer parts company in Los Angeles in 1994, he was already telling provocative and honest stories about gang life, frustrated by how other people portrayed them.

Michael Bodley, The San Francisco Chronicle

A 34-year-old Santa Rosa man was sentenced Thursday to a term of up to life in prison related to molesting an 11-year-old relative, prosecutors said.

Jose Alberto Corado-Merlos was convicted by a Sonoma County jury on May 2 on 15 felonies after a series of child molestation incidents in Santa Rosa in 2016, prosecutors said.

Fontana Herald-News

A total of 86 people were arrested as part of a huge takedown of individuals connected to street gang criminal activity in the City of San Bernardino and in surrounding San Bernardino County communities.

An announcement of the arrests took place on June 30, and the Fontana Police Department was one of the agencies contributing to the success of the major operation.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the seizure of 43 firearms, 4,875 rounds of ammunition, 112 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 pounds of cocaine, 4.7 pounds of heroin, 402 pounds of marijuana, $29,600 in U.S. currency, and four stolen vehicles.

Beatriz E. Valenzuela, The Press-Enterprise

Following an extensive investigation by local and federal agents, several Mexican Mafia members and associates were indicted in connection to a series of violent jail attacks on inmates last year, FBI officials announced Friday.

“In one case, prosecutors allege, an individual whom the Mexican Mafia believed to be cooperating with law enforcement was stabbed several times in the head and upper torso after a Mexican Mafia associate allegedly gave an order for the individual to be murdered,” according to an FBI news release.

Oroville Mercury Register

Oroville >> Five people were arrested in Oroville on Friday as law enforcement officers from the Gridley-Biggs Police Department, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Butte County Probation Department and the California Department of Corrections assisted Oroville police in conducting a proactive enforcement detail.

The goal of the operation was to check compliance on people on active probation, parole or supervised release, according to an Oroville police press release.