Press Releases

The Trinity County District Attorney's Office will post Press-Releases here when they are issued.

The Press Releases are in reverse order with the newest Press Release on top and the older ones below.

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06/12/2018  - Megan Marshall named Interim District Attorney
Megan Marshall has been officially named interim District Attorney for Trinity County as of June 12, 2018, following the departure of former D.A. Eric Heryford.

Megan Marshall is “a fair-minded prosecutor who maintains the highest levels of professional competency.” ~Trinity County D.A. Victim-Witness Coordinator D. Kessinger. Megan Marshall will make a seamless move into the District Attorney’s position and the citizens of Trinity County will benefit tremendously from her compassion for crime victims and highly competent work. (TCDA V/W)
 
“I am honored to become Trinity County’s first female District Attorney. I will continue to fairly prosecute crimes, strongly support victims’ rights, and strive to protect our beautiful environment. I am dedicated to pursuing justice for this community, and I am looking forward to serving Trinity County in this position.” ~ Megan Dean Marshall

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05/11/2015  -   SCAM WARNING................

People are calling elderly Trinity County residents and having them Western Union money for fictitious arrests and injuries of the victim's relative. The thieves tell the elderly person that there is a GAG order and they can't tell other relatives what happened.
PLEASE WARN YOUR RELATIVES AND DON'T DO THIS!!

Please warn your relatives that ANYONE that calls them and wants their credit card, social security number or any personal information over the phone, DON'T GIVE IT TO THEM!!!

The FBI website has additional information about this specific scam.  Please go to the websites listed below for information about this scam and others.  By all means this is not a list of all the scams used by criminals.

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-identify-and-avoid-the-most-common-telephone-sca-1692068970

https://oig.hhs.gov/compliance/alerts/alert12212010.asp

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April 28, 2014 - District Attorney's Office Most Wanted Webpage - Success! (#2)

After less than two weeks on Trinity County District Attorney's Most Wanted list, Frederick Jacob Guidotti was arrested in Lewiston on Saturday, April 26. Guidotti was wanted on a no-bail warrant to answer charges of committing a felony while awaiting a court date, drug charges and revocation of post-release community supervision.

The district attorney's office wishes to thank Deputy Sheriff Nate Trujillo and his K-9 Johnny, for their excellent follow up and cooperation in apprehending Guidotti.

Also, Greg Anthony McCoy, wanted on warrants totaling more than $100,00 since 2009, traveled from AZ to turn himself on Thursday, April 24. McCoy was wanted for grand theft, possession of stolen property, making threats and giving false information to a peace officer. He fled to AZ to avoid answering these charges, but with a more recent tip from a Trinity County resident, Mr. McCoy was caught.

Trinity County District Attorney's office thanks Mohave County Sheriff's Office in AZ for their aid in bringing McCoy to justice.

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April 18, 2014 - District Attorney’s Office Most Wanted Webpage - Success! (#1)
 
The Trinity County District Attorney’s Office recently began listing fugitives from justice on the Trinity County District Attorney’s website in hopes that others will see these individuals and report their location to law enforcement. It is working! Two men listed on the Trinity County District Attorney's Most Wanted list went to jail yesterday, April 17th, after appearing in court.

Derrick Justin Hamel, profiled on the Most Wanted list since March 25, appeared with his attorney to answer for a $100, 000 warrant issued back in 2012. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office checked several locations for Mr. Hamel in the So. Lake Tahoe area prior to his arrest. Mr. Hamel was wanted for several burglary charges, and six counts of grand theft. A bail hearing is set for Friday, April 18, with Deputy District Attorney Eric Heryford requesting a bail increase.

Manuel Roberto Alvidrez, wanted on a no-bail warrant, was also added to the Most Wanted list on March 25, 2014. He faces weapons and drug charges. Hoopa Police Department arrested him on those charges, but after Alvidrez failed to appear at his court date in Trinity County, another warrant was issued. After appearing on Trinity County’s Most Wanted list, Mr. Alvidrez turned himself in and was remanded to jail, where he awaits his next court appearance.

The office of the Trinity County District Attorney wishes to thank Hoopa Police Department and the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office for their help.

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March 31, 2014 - April is Crime Victims’ Rights Month

Murder, sexual assault, child molestation, DUI with fatalities, assaults with a deadly weapon, and other crimes harm our community and its citizens. Law enforcement investigates the crimes and the District Attorney’s office prosecutes the offenders. However, the victims – or the next-of-kin of deceased victims – may suffer from physical injuries, psychological trauma, loss of income, or medical bills and are thrust into court proceedings of which they may have little understanding.

The Trinity County District Attorney’s Office has a ‘Victim Witness Assistance Program’ that will help victims of crime in navigating the court processes and in accessing services to aid in the victim’s recovery. Depending on the nature of the crime, there may be compensation available from the state’s Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board which can include victim counseling, help with medical bills, loss of income, and other assistance.

According to District Attorney Michael Harper, “Victims of crime need to know they have an advocate at the District Attorney’s office who will help them. Ensuring that the rights of crime victims are taken into account is an important part of our prosecution of the criminal.”

To view online information about the Victim Witness Assistance Program, go to the Trinity County webpage at: www.trinitycounty.org , click on “Departments”, click on District Attorney, then click on “Victim Witness Assistance”.

You may also contact our Victim Witness Coordinator at 530-623-8357 for information on the program and services.

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March 25, 2014 - Trinity County District Attorney’s ‘Most Wanted’ on Website

The Trinity County District Attorney’s Office has created a webpage with “Trinity County District Attorney’s Most Wanted” individuals. Each person listed has a warrant for their arrest and the webpage provides a name, photograph, physical description, warrant amount, and a brief description of the offense.

The public is cautioned to report any information about the defendants directly to law enforcement (non-emergency line – in Trinity County the number is 530-623-2611) and not take any direct action involving the defendant. Observe only and contact law enforcement when in a safe location.

According to District Attorney Michael Harper, “The persons listed on this webpage are wanted in Trinity County for serious crimes. We are asking the public’s help in locating these individuals and advising law enforcement of their whereabouts. The District Attorney’s Office is pleased to provide this service to help make our community safer.”

To view “Trinity County District Attorney’s Most Wanted”, go to the Trinity County webpage at: www.trinitycounty.org , click on “Departments”, click on District Attorney, then click on “Trinity County District Attorney’s Most Wanted.”

The defendant information is provided as a public service and is current at the time of posting.

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February 25, 2014 - Gifford Nichols Found Guilty of Child Sexual Assault Charges

On February 25, 2014, a Trinity County Jury found Gifford Nichols guilty of six separate counts of child sexual assault violations and a special allegation that the offenses were committed against multiple victims.

Nichols was charged with having, and attempting to have, sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years old, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 14 years old, sexual penetration of a child under 10 years old, and substantial sexual conduct with another child under the age of 14 for a five year period of time.

Two separate victims testified to the conduct Nichols was charged with. Additionally, his adult daughter testified that Nichols had molested her as a child.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Heryford stated that the conviction was possible because the victims were willing to come forward and expressed his appreciation for their strength to come and testify. He also stated that Trinity County Sheriff Detective Jeremy Ammon did a great job investigating the case and putting it together for prosecution.

Sentencing is set for March 25, 2014. Nichols is facing a possible 65 years to life sentence.

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January 8, 2014 - Involuntary Manslaughter Plea in 2012 Death of Adrian Rael

On January 8, 2014, Donna Huebsch entered a guilty plea to PC 192(b), involuntary manslaughter. Ms. Huebsch was charged with Penal Code section 187(a), murder, from an incident that occurred on August 15, 2012, when the victim, Adrian Rael, was shot and killed. According to District Attorney Michael Harper “the defense attorney recently turned over reports to us that revealed that Ms. Huebsch shot Mr. Rael by accident while she was protecting herself from his unwarranted aggression towards her. Out of fear of retaliation, she initially denied shooting Mr. Rael. We always believed that she did in fact shoot Mr. Rael, but we were uncertain as to what led to the shooting. Her statement to her investigator, which was taken right after the incident, but that we just learned about from her new attorney, is reasonable to the point that we do not think that she would be convicted of murder. Her plea acknowledges that she did in fact shoot and kill Mr. Rael, but that she did not intend to do so as she was just trying to protect herself when the gun was accidently discharged.” Ms. Huebsch will be sentenced on February 26, 2014, to two years in State Prison. She was released pending sentencing as she has already served that amount of time.

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December 11, 2013 - State Compensation for Victims of Crime – Trinity County (2012/2013)

The Trinity County District Attorney’s Victim Witness Assistance Program provides a variety of services to the victims and witnesses of crime. One service for crime victims is assistance with filing claims for certain financial losses with California's Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.

The funding for victim compensation comes from a number of sources including defendant fees and fines and state and federal sources. There are no direct “local” dollars involved.

For the reporting period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 the following statistics indicate the direct payments to crime victims and to providers (hospitals, doctors, therapists, etc.):

Total Paid FY12/13 $ 27,428.97

Payment by Service
Funeral/Burial $ 4,529.42
Medical $ 8,327.05
Mental Health $ 14,572.50

Payment by Payee Type
Claimant $ 6,625.42
Provider $ 20,803.55

Payment by Crime Category
Assault $ 17,971.05
Child Abuse $ 2,761.00
Homicide $ 4,529.42
Other $ 1,762.50
Sexual Assault $ 405.00

Payment by Filing Status
Adult Survivor $ 550.00
Adult Victim $ 18,046.55
Deceased Victim $ 4,529.42
Minor Victim $ 4,303.00

Payment by Gender
Female $ 18,534.95
Male $ 8,894.05

Source: Victim Compensation Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2012/2013 – Crime County

What are examples of crimes that are typically covered?
• Assault with a deadly weapon
• Battery (when there is injury or threat of injury)
• Child abuse
• Child sexual assault
• Child endangerment and abandonment
• Domestic violence
• Driving under the influence
• Hit and run
• Vehicular manslaughter
• Murder
• Robbery
• Sexual assault
• Stalking
• Sexual battery
• Unlawful sexual intercourse (where there is injury or threat of injury)
• Terrorism
• Other crimes that result in physical injury or a threat of physical injury to the victim

For more information on the Victim Compensation Program, visit the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board website at: http://www.vcgcb.ca.gov/

Or visit the Trinity County District Attorney’ Victim Witness Assistance Program at: Victim Witness Assistance Program

Or contact the Trinity County Victim Witness Assistance Program at 530-623-8357.

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August 21, 2013 - District Attorney’s Office Welcomes New Prosecutor

The Trinity County District Attorney’s office extended a warm welcome to their newest deputy district attorney. Megan Marshall, daughter of Bob Marshall and granddaughter of Agnes Marshall, has joined the ranks of the local law enforcement team. Megan has a deep affinity for Trinity County and she is looking forward to becoming an active member of our community.

Megan Marshall is a veteran prosecutor with over seventeen years of experience as a deputy district attorney. She has been honored for her participation in the Peer Court and Drug Court programs. She has over eleven years of expertise in Juvenile Criminal law and also taught criminal justice at Sierra College. She attended Stanford University and U.C. Davis Law School.

District Attorney Michael Harper stated, “Megan’s deep experience in prosecution and her local connections to Trinity County make her a tremendous addition to our staff. We are very excited to have Megan join us and advance our goal of protecting the people of our county. With her background and experience she will fit in perfectly. We are lucky to add such a wonderful person to our staff and to our community.”

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May 2013 - District Attorney Michael Harper announced that on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Clifford Dean Kester, 42, of Willow Creek, California, pled guilty to three or more acts of substantial sexual conduct against each two different minor victims over a period of years. On May 7, 2013, Judge Clark Sueyres, a retired judge from San Joaquin County, sentenced Mr. Kester to serve 18 years in state prison.

According to Deputy District Attorney Adam Grace, the sentence was fair. "Mr. Kester used his position of trust to abuse more than one minor victim, over a long period of time, in a disgusting and predatory way. As part of the plea arrangement, he pled to two 'strike' crimes, he will have to serve 85 percent of the 18 years he was sentenced to state prison, and he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. We applaud the courage of the victims of this case in coming forward so that Mr. Kester could be stopped from abusing them and others."

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December 2012 - On December 18, 2012, Keven Floyd, of Hyampom, was sentenced by Judge Woodward to 10 years and 8 months in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Mr. Floyd had entered a plea to Kidnapping, Criminal Threats and two Domestic Violence charges for an incident that happened on May 18, 2010. The police report revealed that Floyd was angry with a former girlfriend and he started to assault her. The beating took place over a period of time during which time he made threats on the victim’s life. Eventually, Floyd forced the victim into a car. The victim escaped by jumping out of the car as it slowed for a stop sign.

According to District Attorney Michael Harper, “Had this case gone to trial, it would have been very difficult on the victim to testify, so we are glad we were able to resolve this matter. Two of these charges are considered strikes and are violent felonies so Mr. Floyd will be required to do 85% of his sentence (instead of the normal 50%) and when he is released from prison he will be considered a three striker, which means he potentially could go to prison for life for any future violent or serious convictions.”