'Did You Know...?' Newsletter
Issue 5, 2017
Welcome to the fifth edition of our 'Did You Know...?' newsletter for 2017. 

Inside this issue:
  • Opening of the new Dublin Courthouse
  • Graduation from Truancy Court
  • Wrap up of Elder Abuse Awareness Month
  • Fighting financial crime
  • Castro Valley woman sentenced for cold case murder
  • Employment opportunity
  • DA staff out & about in the community
  • One Goh sentenced
  • Felony verdicts
Opening of the New Dublin Courthouse
In early July 2017, the DA's Office moved into the new East County Hall of Justice. 

The opening of the new facility has seen the DA's Office also undergo significant change in our operations in south and east county. Our  Hayward and Pleasanton braches have been consolidated and relocated to Dublin. No criminal matters will be heard in the Hayward Hall of Justice and the Pleasanton Courthouse has been closed. I n-custody felony arraignments are now being heard in East County Hall of Justice. All felony matters from the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Hayward, San Leandro, Union City, Newark, Fremont, and unincorporated Alameda County will be handled in their entireity in the new courthouse

Paramount to the DA's Office was the ability to best serve victims, children, and witnesses. Our new office features multiple witness waiting rooms, as well as small interview and conferencing rooms.

"Coming to court can be and intense and difficult process for the victims, witnesses, and their families. We hope we can alleviate some of that stress by providing tailored facilities and co-locating a variety of professionals there, such as our Victim-Witness Advocates and restitution specialists," said D A Nancy O'Malley.

The brand new campus has already been awarded Silver certification for leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED). A shuttle connects the East County Hall of Justice with BART, and free parking is available in parking lot adjacent to the courthouse.

The DA's Office at the East County Hall of Justice can be reached at (925) 803-7171 or at 5149 Gleason Drive, Suite #220,  Dublin, CA 94568. For further information regarding where our offices are located in Alameda County, please visit our website

Truancy Court Graduation
On June 14, 2017, the Honorable Judge Gregory Syren presided over a graduation ceremony for Truancy Court.

The DA's Office Truancy and Attendance Program refers parents of chronically absent elementary and middle school children to Truancy Court. Throughout the school year, this collaborative court helps parents address the underlying issues that prevents regular school attendance. The DA's program works with the court, community-based organisations, Alameda County Health, and Asthma Start to affect positive change in lives of these families, providing the services and resources they require.

At the ceremony, Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick spoke of the dramatic improvement and success of each of the families and Judge Syren ceremonially dismissed the cases against the parents. Forty five children were provided with backpacks filled with school supplies, graciously provided by a grant from the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.

"Our office is committed to ensuing all children in Alameda County are in school so they are not at a significant disadvantage later in life," said ADA Drenick. 

To learn more about the DA Truancy program, please visit our  At School website.  

Fighting Financial Crimes
On June 22, 2017, a jury found defendant Lewis Green Clinton Jr guilty of grand theft, money laundering, tax evasion and perjury. Defendant Clinton was the former Chief Financial Officer of AC Transit and was, for many years, the president of certain non-profit corporations associated with the Allen Temple Baptist Church in East Oakland.

In early 2013, one of those non-profits was unable to make its payroll. An ensuing investigation revealed that between 2007 and 2013, Defendant Clinton had embezzled approximately $590,000 from those corporations. He spent the money on house loans, travel, car expenses and a variety of lifestyle items.

Defendant Lewis Green Clinton Jr was remanded into custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Beltramo, with assistance from Inspectors Robert Chan and Jim Taranto.
Wrapping Up Elder Abuse Awareness Month
In June, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors acknowledged June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. DA Nancy O'Malley, members from our Elder Abuse Unit and Victim-Witness Assistance Division were in attendance to accept the Proclamation from Supervisor Wilma Chan. 

Our Elder Abuse Unit's DDA Cheryl Poncini runs a regular seminar series to inform elders and their carers about financial and physical safety as well as potential scams targeting their community. 

If you see an elder or dependent adult who may be subjected to financial, physical or emotional abuse or neglect, please contact us

Employment Opportunity

The Alameda County Family Justice Center is looking to fill a vacancy for a Client Navigator.

The ACFJC’s navigator staff provides critical support by helping clients navigate a system of services within Alameda County. Navigators meet with clients to conduct needs assessments in person or via telephone.

To find out more about this position and how to apply, please visit our Employment page.

Castro Valley Woman Sentenced in Cold Case Murder

On July 17, 2017, Defendants Cheryl Ann Drace and William Joseph Devincenzi were each sentenced to 15 years to life for the cold case murder of Defendant Drace's ex-husband Stephen Rudiger in 1990. The cold-blooded murder of Mr Rudiger 27 years ago had remained open until a 2010 anonymous tip helped solve the mystery.

In the late evening of December 27, 1990, Mr Rudiger was brutally murdered by Defendant Drace and her boyfriend, Defendant Devincenzi. Mr Rudiger was stabbed at least 21 times and beaten to death. He fought for his life, as evidenced by the defensive wounds on the inside of his fingers. While Mr Rudiger laid slowly dying, he looked up at Defendant Drace and said "Why are you doing this, Cheryl? All I ever did was love you.” Read more about the case...

In 2010, The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip about the murder. With this new information, and along with DNA, ACSO were able to revisit the investigation and solve the murder of Mr Stephen Rudiger.

This case was prosecuted by Senior DDA Angela Backers, with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo and Victim-Witness Advocate Nadia Bueno.

DA Staff Out & About
Celebrating World Refugee Day

Recently, staff from our Victim-Witness Assistance Division celebrated World Refugee Day, hosted by the East Bay Refugee Forum. 

Our Advocates spoke to many community members and representatives from other organizations about the varied services we offer victims of crime. The event also provided free on-site dental screenings/cleanings for attendees. Many thanks to our community partners Lao Family for graciously sharing their table with us.

Fremont 4th of July Parade

DA Nancy O'Malley rode with the Alameda County Fire Department in a vintage fire truck as part of the 2017 Fremont 4th of July Parade. The weather could not have been better and a great day was had by all who attended.
Oikos University Murderer Sentenced
On July 14, 2017, defendant One L. Goh was sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus a consecutive indeterminate term of 271 years to life for  the 2012 Oikos University mass shooting that killed seven people and injured another three. 

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced in May that Defendant Goh had entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty, as charged, of seven counts of murder with special circumstances and three counts of attempted premeditated murder. He also admitted as true all alleged enhancements. Read more about the case...

The enormity and devastation of this mass shooting remains unprecedented in Alameda County,” said DA Nancy O’Malley. “With the conclusion of this case, we know that One Goh will never again be in the position to harm any member of our community.”

The case was prosecuted by DDA Stacie Pettigrew with assistance from DA Inspector Jim Rullamas and Victim-Witness Advocates Maria Suniga and Stephanie Lynch.

Felony Verdicts

People v Vincente Prado-Rodriguez and Cinthia Gabriel-Martinez

On June 22, 2017, a jury found defendant Vincente Prado-Rodriguez guilty as charged of first degree murder with the use of gun, plus special circumstances for robbery-murder; and robbery with the use of gun. At the conclusion of the presentation of evidence in the trial, Co-Defendant Cinthia Gabriel-Martinez pled guilty to robbery and to being an accessory to the murder. Read the summary of the case...

Defendant Prado-Rodriguez faces life without possibility of parole when sentenced in September 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Patrick Moriarty, with assistance from DA Inspector Thomas Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Bernaola, as well as DA forensic video expert Vicki Long.

People v Ner Bellin Santos

On June 2, 2017, defendant Ner Bellin Santos was convicted of several sex acts on the son of his ex-partner. The conviction included two counts of sodomy with a minor under 14, continuous sexual assault o f a minor under 14, oral copulation with a person under 16, and distributing harmful material to a minor.

Co-Defendant Ivo Parra previously pled to 22 years in state prison on this case. Defendant Ner Bellin Santos is scheduled to be sentenced in August 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Danielle Hilton with assistance from DA Inspector Jean Luevano and Victim Witness Advocate Rhoden Briones.

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