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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

March 3, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that David Burgmeier (DOB 6/5/1967), of Simi Valley, was sentenced for committing workers’ compensation insurance fraud.
March 3, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Doyle Alan Johnson (DOB 7/11/65), of Ventura, was sentenced to 28 years in state prison for the killing of Audrey Evans, also from Ventura. On February 3, 2021, Johnson pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and admitted to personally using a knife.
March 2, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that 4JR Enterprises, Inc. (4JR) and its owners, Ahed and Rhoda Rabadi, of Los Angeles, entered a $100,000 settlement agreement for a history of noncompliance related to the operation of underground storage tanks (USTs) at their Ventura County facilities.
February 23, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced that new charges have been filed against Jacob Anthony Caliboso (DOB 04/25/99), of Oxnard, in Ventura County Superior Court case number 2020017676. The new complaint alleges two violations of of second-degree murder and two violations of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the killing of Elva Andrade ...
February 18, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that Jennifer (Jenna) Leporati (DOB 03/10/73), of Thousand Oaks, was sentenced to serve 28 months in the Ventura County Jail, immediately followed by 32 months of supervised probation.
February 12, 2021
VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that the review of the circumstances surrounding the July 5, 2019, shooting of Joshua Ortiz by California Highway Patrol Officer Timothy Putzel has been completed.

Public Reports

February 12, 2021
Report on the July 5, 2019, shooting of Joshua Ortiz by California Highway Patrol Officer Timothy Putzel.
December 17, 2020
Report on the November 7, 2018, Use of Deadly Force by California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Barrett and Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ronald Helus at the Borderline Bar & Grill Mass Shooting Incident.
October 2, 2020
Report on the October 10, 2018, shooting of Michael Johnson by Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Russell King and Deputy Justyn Czyrklis.

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