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4U Wednesday, March 5, 2014 ' Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter LAW and ORDER Plumas criminal cases up 80 percent from last year The beginning of our new year, 2014; has shown no signs of slowing down for our public safety partners. The number of criminal cases filed in January, when compared to the same period in 2013, has CRIMINAL CASE UPDATE increased 77 percent. Likewise, [}AVID HOLUSTER the number of cases on our District Attorney felony calendar has increased 80 percent when comparing safeguard our community with January 2014 to January 2013. outstanding results. I attribute this change to I look forward to working three major factors: First, we with our local leaders tO assure are now feeling the full impact adequate staffing levels and of Assembly Bill 109. Second, appropriate resources to our lagging economy continues assure Plumas County can to be a factor. Finally, and continue to be a safe and perhaps most significant, the desired place to live, work and cuts to public safety both at the play. state and local level the past Due to the time constraints three to four years are being presented by our recent fully realized, criminal calendars, please find On the bright side, I am a small sampling of some of continually grateful for the our recent cases. outstanding efforts of all our public safety workers. In the People v. Rafael face of reduced resources, Chavez-Sanchez these folks have continually, On Jan. 3, Chavez-Sanchez, worked above and beyond the 19, of Chester, was convicted of call of duty in an effort to felony first-degree burglary, a strike. Sanchez was set to be sentenced Feb. 28. Chavez-Sanchez was initially arrested Oct. 23, 2013, after stealing alcohol from Holiday Market in Chester. A subsequent investigation connected Chavez-Sanchez with earlier burglaries at the Chester-Lake Almanor Community Center and a nearby residence. People v. Jason Langdon On Feb. 14, Langd0n, 33, of Portola, was sentenced to 16 months in state prison following his Jan. 10 conviction for a felony violation of criminal threats, a strike. Langdon was arrested Jan. 1 stemming from an incident where Langdon contacted and threatened to murder a former girlfriend at her residence in Tobin in violation of a restraining order. When the deputies arrived, Langdon fled but was subsequently captured after a short foot chase. People v. Ralph Cardiel III On Feb. 7, Cardiel, 37, of Quincy, was convicted of felony commercial burglary and possession of this matter. methamphetamine. Cardiel is scheduled to be sentenced People v. Jerry Lee, March 21, when he is Michael Edmonds and expected to receive a term of James Judlin 24 months in county jail. On Feb. 7, Lee, 47, of Cardiel was arrested Chester, was convicted of a following an investigation of felony violation of possession the burglary of the Antique of methamphetamine while Store in Quincy on Jan. 7. armed With a firearm. Lee is The series of burglaries in scheduled to be sentenced Quincy this past winter April 25, when it is expected remains under investigation the court will impose a term with other prosecutions of four years in state prison. presently occurring. On Feb. 7, Edmonds, 36, of Chester, was convicted of a People v. Dennis DeSersa felony violation of being Jr. under the influence of On Feb. 7, Desersa, 24, of methamphetamine while Greenville, was convicted of armed with a firearm. a felony violation of Edmonds is scheduled to be second-degree burglary, sentenced April 25, where it is Desersa is scheduled to be expected he will receive a sentenced March 21. term of 16 months in Desersa was arrested state prison. following the burglaries of On Feb. 7, Judlin, 32, of two outbuildings belongingChester, was convicted of a to seasonal residents in the felony violation of being Antelope Lake area in 2012. under the influence of Two other co-defendants were also prosecuted in See Cases, page 5B li Sam Williams complicated case," Burns "By law, her sentence Staff Writer said. would be 25-years-to-life, but But the DA was ambivalent there are a couple of other when asked ff he was happy parts to the agreement -- and Joanna McElrath, 39, who with the deal and felt justice it was an agreement, a plea pleaded guilty Friday, Feb. 28 had been served, bargain, no question about to the Jan. 1, 2011 "There is never a perfect, it," Burns said. "I struck the premeditated and deliberate case, and for those who think special allegations that would first-degree murder of her there is, they haven't lived make it (the sentence) life husband, off-duty Susanville through the jury trial without the possibility of police officer Robert process. There have been parole -- the lying in wait McElrath, will be a senior cases that we thought were and the fmancial gains citizen if she's ever allowed just dead-bang and gone to special circumstances. And to walk free from behind trial only to fmd some error count two was also those prison walls, in the process, the dismissed, conspiracy to According to a plea bargain unavailability of some commit murder. In addition offered by Lassen County witness or something like to pleading guilty to the District Attorney Bob Burns, that and then we had a first-degree murder charge, McElrath is expected to problem mid-trial, she also waived any right to receive a 25-years-to-life "The outcome in this case, appeal her conviction. In sentence during a 1:30 pm. although it's not perfect, it is addition to waiving her right May 23 hearing in :L~sei~ ..... certain, and I think this will to appeal, which we view as Superior Court. provide a finality we all pretty big," McElrath also "Obviously it's not a ......... would like." gave the judge sole discretion perfect situation, but it's a Burns explained the details to determine if she will good resolution to a of the plea bargain, receive "custody credits" for 875 E. Main St., Quincy 283-5515 Mario Marguez/Owner "lll/tRIl-llkl4 Lunch Specials From $5.95 7 Days a Week 8am-gpm ~F Also Serving: r.,,,,,,h, ,m {,~ Reservations Requested / 875 E. 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I think some of them, frankly speaking, would like to see her executed in the town square. That may be an exaggeration to some extent, but I don't think the sentiment is too far off. We've spent a lot of'time together and discussed the pros and cons of risking it all and going to trial and the uncertain outcome versus the certainty of a plea, and I think they understand the decision I made and why I made it." McElrath reportedly wept at the sentencing, and Burns said he didn't know what to make of her reaction, make it appear he took his "It was the first time I've own life. While he was seen her display any emotion incoherent, she drove him to in court since this thing the old railroad trestle above began," Burns said. "Some of Devil's Corral where she met us sitting there wonder if her her boyfriend and show of emotion was because codefendant Robin Glen something was happening to James. Robert McElrath and her -- we have the notion James struggled, and James she's a hard-core narcissist shot the off-duty officer once -- so it's more about this is in the face and spine, happening to her and not paralyzing him. His body was about her remorse for the thrown over the railing, crime. I don't know. I can't where a passerby found it the unscrew her head and look next morning. inside." Investigators got a big Burns said the case against break in the case when a James continues to move former Susanville resident forward, called to say he'd had a "'His is not resolved yet," sexual relationship with Burns said. "He's separate McElrath in 2008 and during and independexlt, and we're their affair, she had asked ,~ going to be talking about that him to kill her husband. one here very shortly." Investigators obtained search warrants and phone A cold-blooded murder records and discovered text According to the messages allegedly sent investigation, McElrath between the killers, allegedly drugged her In one message sent the husband by serving him morning after the murder, alcoholic beverages lacedMcElrath allegedly wrote, with Zanax and Ativan the "I'm shaking uncontrollably evening of Jan. 1, 2011 -- here. What kind of woman apparently in an attempt to am I?" To send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews,com To send an advertisbment: mail@plumasnews,com i