The following defendants were sentenced in Tehama County Superior Court, according to the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office. Those listed as being charged are innocent until being proven guilty:
People vs. Robert Vern McRorie: Evading an Officer with Willful Disregard, a felony with Special Allegations; Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor.
Brief history: A deputy was on patrol in a marked uniform and marked vehicle conducting traffic enforcement. He observed defendant’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted an enforcement stop by activating his emergency lights; the vehicle failed to pull over. The deputy then activated his siren; the vehicle still failed to pull over, and increased its speed to around 100 miles per hour. The high speed pursuit lasted for about 13 miles, with the defendant driving across yellow lines, on the wrong side of the road, and ran a stop sign. The defendant eventually abandoned his vehicle and the deputy pursued him on foot. The defendant jumped into a creek and tried to escape. A California Highway Patrol helicopter responded to the location and located the defendant crawling through bushes. A jury trial was held and the jury convicted the defendant of the charged offenses. He has six previous commitments to state prison which increased his sentence.
People vs. Caleb Hatfield: Receiving a Stolen Vehicle, a felony. Receiving a Stolen Vehicle, a felony.
Brief history: The victim reported her vehicle stolen from her driveway in Redding. Two days later, law enforcement contacted the defendant driving the vehicle. He claimed that he borrowed the vehicle from a man named “Jed.” He claimed that he just met Jed the day before, that Jed was a transient and that he has no contact information or any way to get in touch with Jed. In a separate incident, law enforcement contacted the defendant driving a recently stolen vehicle.
People vs. Santiago Valdovinos Chavez: Willful Harm or Injury to a Child, Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury or Death, with a Special Allegation, a felony; Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person, a felony; Domestic Battery, a misdemeanor.
Brief history: The defendant had been drinking and got into an argument with his 14-year-old son. The defendant hit the son several times, causing him to have a bloody nose and bruising to his face. The defendant’s wife came home and pepper-sprayed the defendant, who then pushed her against the wall. When law enforcement arrived at the residence, the defendant had a magazine loaded with 14 .40 caliber rounds in his pocket. The defendant has one previous felony conviction.
Sentence: 5 years formal probation, 7 years 8 months suspended state prison, 268 days county jail, 80 hours community service.
Brief history: The defendant was in custody in Tehama County Jail on unrelated charges. While in jail, the defendant and another suspect attacked the victim. The correctional officers observed the defendant hitting the victim, and the defendant had the victim’s blood on his hands when detained. The victim needed staples to close the wounds caused by the defendant.
Sentence: 3 years formal probation, 3 years suspended state prison, 240 days county jail, 80 hours community service.
Brief history: An officer saw the defendant riding an ATV on city streets in Corning at a high rate of speed and popping a wheelie. The officer activated his lights and sirens and the defendant fled at a high rate of speed, ran a stop sign and nearly lost control of the ATV multiple times. The officer eventually blocked the defendant on a dead end street. The defendant attempted to ride around the officer, but lost control and crashed into the officer’s patrol vehicle, causing minor damage. The defendant then fled on foot but was caught shortly thereafter.
People vs. William Edwin Ringseth Jr.: Multiple counts including Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child; Forcible Rape of a Child over 14 years.
Brief history: The victim reported to law enforcement the defendant forcibly raped her. The victim disclosed the defendant had been sexually abusing her for the past six years in multiple counties in California.
People vs. Scott McLaughlin: Multiple counts, including Sodomy by use of Force — Victim 14 or older; Dissuading a Witness from reporting a crime; Lewd act upon a Child; Forcible Oral Copulation.
Brief history: The defendant ran a motocross business and used that business to meet many young men of various ages. Using drugs or threats, the defendant would force young men, minors and adults, to perform sexual acts with him against their will.
People vs. Jacob Henry Thomas Cady: Counts I-III Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated — Special Allegation for Fleeing After Committing a Vehicular Manslaughter; Hit and Run Driving Resulting in Death or Serious Injury to Another Person; Driving Under the Influence of an Alcoholic Beverage Causing Injury — Special Allegation Elderly Victim.
Brief history: The defendant was under the influence of alcohol and drove away from a bar at a high rate of speed. He ran over the victim who was a pedestrian. The defendant fled without summoning help for the victim. The victim died. Law enforcement officers found the defendant at his home shortly thereafter. The defendant initially lied about his involvement in the collision but later admitted it.
People vs. Ervin Keith Watts: attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, with special allegations.
Brief history: The defendant, armed with a shotgun, approached his neighbor. He first fired at the neighbor and then the neighbor’s father. The neighbor’s father returned fire at the defendant with a handgun. Both victims were struck in the head by rounds from the defendant’s shotgun.
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