Oct 19, 2017
Defendant Alvarez was sentenced to state prison for 44 months for having violated the terms of her two grants of felony probation. Because of the nature of the convictions leading to the prison commitment, the defendant will be limited in the credits she can attempt to earn in prison to just 15% of the overall sentence, or just over six months.
Beginning in 2009, defendant Alvarez has amassed a criminal record of 10 misdemeanor convictions and, in 2016 and 2017, two felony convictions.
In 2016, her first felony conviction was for felony vandalism. However, the most serious felony conviction -- the defendant's second -- occurred in early 2017. While released from custody on the vandalism case, the defendant perpetrated a strong arm robbery against a homeless woman.
The homeless woman identified the defendant as the thief and the property stolen by force and fear from the homeless woman was later recovered from Alvarez.
Not counting the violations that resulted in today's prison commitment, defendant Alvarez has regularly appeared in the Mendocino County courts over the years for having violated her various grants of probation. In all of her cases combined, the defendant has been found in violation of probationary terms by the courts at least thirty-one (31) separate times.
As noted by District Attorney David Eyster, "There is no question that the courts have shown extreme patience in a long-term effort to work with the defendant, perhaps to a fault. Nothing has worked and today's decision was the right decision."
The prosecutor who appeared at today's sentencing hearing was Deputy District Attorney Beth Norman. The sentencing judge was Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman.
David Viveiros plead to 16 years for abusing a minor on October 11. This afternoon, there was a special set for family and victim impact statements.
Nickolas Johnson was sentenced for two cases this morning. One for the murder of David Ganfield. The other for his attempted murder and firing upon two District Attorney Investigators.
Setting for Richard Dean was scheduled this morning. He is the Hoopa teen charged with the stabbing of the 52 year old in Arcata in January 2016. He entered an additional plea today of not guilty by insanity.