The following defendants were sentenced by the Tehama County Superior Court, according to the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office. Those listed as charged are innocent until proven guilty:
Recent State / Local Prison Commitments:
People vs. Joshua Michael Guthrie: Possession of Child or Child Pornography is a Crime; 7 counts, illegal sex, each a felony; 3 counts, attempt / contact with a minor to commit an obscene act, each a felony; failure to update the record every year, a felony.
Brief History: The defendant was on probation for possession of child pornography, seven counts of unlawful sex with a minor three years younger than the defendant, and three counts of attempting / contacting a minor to perform obscene acts. He was 18 at the time and had moved here from out of state. He began sex with several minors who attended school with him and exchanged photos of a sexual nature with them. He was required to register as a sex offender because of his conviction. He failed to register in a timely manner.
Sentence: 7 years in state prison
People vs. Jason Lee Horner: selling / offering to sell / transport a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a felony; possession for the purpose of sale of a controlled substance, heroin, felony; escape while chasing a peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, a felony; possession for the purpose of sale of a controlled substance, heroin, felony.
Brief history: the accused was driving without a California driver’s license. During a judicial review, he was tried under probation supervision for possession of drugs and firearms. He admitted to having a methamphetamine pipe in his vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle identified four digital scales, eleven methamphetamine pipes and three bags of suspected methamphetamine. There were also packing materials, $ 909 in cash, and cell phones with proof of drug sales. In another case, officers saw him driving and recognized him. A stop was attempted, but he fled and was eventually arrested. A bag was found along the route taken by the defendant. Inside the bag, officers found a digital scale, methamphetamine and heroin. In another incident, the defendant was involved in a high-speed chase, while fleeing from officers. He accelerated to 120 mph and went through the double yellow splitter to overtake the cars. The officers were unable to stop him at that time and the chase was ended. However, he was spotted shortly after and arrested. In another incident, the defendant was on probation, with an ankle monitor. He was seen entering a backyard. Probation officers searched the back yard and shed. He admitted to possessing drugs. A bag of methamphetamine and a bag of heroin were found. Text messages regarding the drug sales were found on her cell phone.
Sentence: 6 years in state prison.
Recent County Prison Commitments
People vs Nicole Risse: receiving a stolen property, a motor vehicle, a crime
Brief history: the defendant was arrested for expired registration. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen. She admitted knowing that the vehicle was stolen.
Sentence: 2 years formal probation, 180 days in county jail, 80 hours of community service.
Upcoming hearing dates – Trials, preliminary hearings and pre-trial conferences
People vs. Elfego Chavez Acevedo: Murder, a crime with a special allegation – personal use of a firearm; Diana Irene Munoz, accessory after the fact, knowledge of the crime; Salvador Farias Valdovinos, Accessory after the fact, knowledge of the crime
Brief history: the accused and the victim had an ongoing disagreement, the nature of which is unknown. The accused shot the victim in front of a grocery store with a pistol. He was on the run from Red Bluff Police. Corning Police located him, there was a long standoff in which the accused was shot in the arm and then surrendered. Two co-defendants are accused of helping him escape the police.
Pre-hearing / motions: 9 a.m. on September 17
Jury trial: 8:00 a.m. on October 6
People vs. Ray Ray Cain, aka Ray Gomez Jr .: Murder, a crime with 2 special allegations; Running away from a peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, a crime which is the subject of a special allegation; Driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage is a criminal offense.
Brief History: Officers from the Red Bluff Police Department were called to a report of a man tied up in an apartment complex. Moments later, officers arrived and found the accused tying the victim to the back of a motorcycle with a rope. The accused dragged the victim behind his motorcycle with officers chasing him until the rope broke. The accused continued to avoid chasing officers on his motorcycle until he crashed and was taken into custody. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reset: 8 a.m. on June 14
People vs. Brian Keith Son: second degree murder; Manslaughter with gross negligence; Flee the motor vehicle of a peace officer who caused the death; Blow and flight driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person; Possession of a firearm by a gangrenous; Possession of an assault weapon; Illicit possession of ammunition; Possess a controlled substance; Resist delaying or hindering a public officer, peace officer or emergency medical technician; Possession of a smoking device;
Brief history: the defendant fled an attempt to stop traffic at high speed. After some distance, the victim attempted to jump on the passenger side, but was struck by the vehicle. The accused continued to flee, eventually stopping at a residence and running into the garage. Officers located him inside the garage with several guns.
Sentence: 9 a.m. on June 21
People vs. John Matthew Justice, Jr .: Shooting in an inhabited dwelling, a felony with 2 special allegations; Grossly negligent discharge of a firearm, a felony with 2 special allegations; Assault with a Firearm – Personal use of a firearm, a crime with 2 special allegations; Possession of firearm by a Felon, a Felony.
Brief history: on December 5, the victim was in his room at the Rolling Hills Casino. Hearing a disturbance in the hallway, he and his girlfriend looked through the peephole to see what was going on. They saw the accused shirtless, brandishing a pistol. For no known reason, the accused fired a blow through the door, striking the victim in the upper chest. The injury caused non-fatal injuries. A pistol and ammunition were recovered from the accused’s bedroom. He was arrested at the scene.
No date specified
People vs. Christopher Wiessner: sex or sodomy with a child aged 10 or under; Oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years of age or younger; Sodomy by anesthesia or controlled substance; Obscure law on a child under 14; Use of minors for commercial sexual acts.
Brief History: The defendant is charged with charges relating to child assault and pornographic material involving one or more children.
Pre-hearing / motions: 9 a.m. on August 6
Jury trial: 8 a.m. on August 25
People vs. Erik Deno, murder, a crime; To resist, to hinder, to delay the peace officer, an offense.
Brief history: the accused showed up at a neighbor’s door, asking for help in disposing of a corpse, then left. The accused was found by officers asleep in the residence he once shared with his mother. The accused became agitated, fighting with investigators. The accused told police that his mother was dead and in a trash can outside the residence, where the victim was found.
Revision: 8 a.m. on June 7
People vs. Gavin Parker: Forcible Rape, a crime; Sexual penetration by use of force, a crime; Forced oral copulation, a felony; Aggression by force capable of causing serious bodily harm, a felony.
Brief history: the victim organized a small Halloween party at his residence. The defendant was a guest at the party. After everyone else returned home, the accused allegedly sexually assaulted the victim in her home.
No date specified
People vs. Donald Conner: Sexual penetration of an unconscious or sleeping person 4 counts; Sexual penetration by use of force of a minor victim over 14 years old, 5 counts; Child victim of forced rape over 14 years old; Rape of an unconscious or sleeping person
Brief history: the accused was staying with the families of the victims at their home. Both victims said crimes were committed against them repeatedly over a period of more than five months. Victim 1 reported two incidents. Victim 2 reported that there were numerous incidents between March and August this year, including the accused who raped her twice.
Pre-trial conference: 8:00 a.m. July 2
Jury trial: 9 a.m. on July 21