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VCFJC Shelter for Healthcare Heroes

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ventura County Family Justice Center partners converted space into temporary, overflow housing for medical personnel from Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC). These six rooms will provide a place to rest and refresh for those needing to quarantine to protect their families.

District Attorney addresses response to COVID-19 pandemic

District Attorney addresses response to COVID-19 pandemic with important information about price gouging and victim services.

Hispanic homeowners in Ventura County – Public Announcement from DA’s Office (English and En español)
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Notable Cases

2013 People v. Kenneth Powell, Katie Rose, and Paul Lascola
Three convicted and sentenced in real estate investment fraud scheme The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office successfully prosecuted one of the largest real estate investment fraud schemes uncovered in the county involving victim losses exceeding $3 million.
2012 People v. Calvin Sharp
Judge finds killer who used meat cleaver sane and sentences him to multiple life terms In August 2007, Calvin Sharp chased down, attacked, and brutally killed a 6-year-old boy, Sev’n Molina, with a meat cleaver. When Sev’n’s mother, Sandra Ruiz, tried to stop the attack, Sharp attacked her as well, causing major life-long injuries. A neighbor, ...
2011 People v. Ricardo Villa
1993 murder case solved with aid of DNA—killer receives death penalty Victim Beatrice Bellis, age 87, was deaf and functionally mute. She lived at the Mar Vista apartment complex, an elder care facility located in Port Hueneme, California. In June 1993, an unknown assailant slipped into her unlocked apartment, stabbed her repeatedly with a large kitchen ...

News Releases

December 4, 2020
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Omar Alan Tapia (DOB 11/17/92), of Oxnard, pled guilty to the voluntary manslaughter of Jesus Pizano, also from Oxnard. Tapia also admitted personally using a knife in the attack.
November 25, 2020
District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Robert Zermeno Delara (DOB 8/13/1971), of Fillmore, was arrested and charged with insurance fraud for allegedly denying his injured employees health and disability benefits to which they were entitled and failing to notify his insurance carriers of industrial injuries sustained by his employees. Delara is the owner-operator ...
November 23, 2020
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the creation of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Courthouse Facility Dog Program. This program is designed to aid in the investigation and prosecution of crimes by providing crime victims and witnesses neutral support as they navigate the criminal justice system. Studies have shown that facility ...
November 20, 2020
District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that on November 19, 2020, Jessica Navarro (DOB 6/22/89), of Ventura, pled guilty to second-degree murder for killing her 22-month-old son, Guillermo C.
November 12, 2020
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that George Malone, Jr. (DOB 07/20/68), of Oxnard, pled guilty to the voluntary manslaughter of Paul Blevins, Jr., also from Oxnard. Malone also admitted personally using a knife in the attack.
November 10, 2020
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten issued the following statement today: After 38 years as a prosecutor and 18 years as district attorney, I will retire from this office, effective January 9, 2021.