Jun 13, 2016

From headlines and false imprisonment to plea of domestic battery,time served and probation

Judge John Feeney just sentenced William Arthur Basteyns this afternoon at in Courtroom 1.

The plea deal is time served for the jail sentence and probation.

Deputy District Attorney Nina Elisseou is in court for the People. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis represented Basteyns.

May 17, 2016


Alleged domestic violence and false imprisonment victim William Basteyns pleads out before preliminary hearing

William Arthur Basteyns plead out before his preliminary hearing and is due to be sentenced on June 13, 2016.

Basteyns plead guilty to one count of domestic battery.

May 5, 2016


"We are not even together no more" says alleged domestic violence suspect




On May 3, William Arthur Basteyns was arraigned in Courtroom 5. Judge Joyce Hinrichs kept the bail set at $50,000. Deputy District Attorney David Christiansen was present in court for the arraignment. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis was appointed to represent Basteyns.

There was no criminal protective served on Basteyn's that afternoon.

Before Mr. Reavis entered pleas of not guilty for Basteyns and said time was not waived; Basteyn was upset in court and he said to Mr. Reavis, "We are not even together no more." Mr. Reavis explained the court hearing to him calmly and managed to get Basteyns quiet.

An OR/Bail hearing and a referral for supervised release was scheduled for May 4; Intervention hearing is on May 11 and the Preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 16.


HCSO Press Release:

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 at about 10:45 p.m., Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to Hufford Rd in Orick for a possible arson.

Upon arrival, deputies met with a 43 year old female victim. The victim stated 38 year old Erin Renee Jones-Martin attempted to set her trailer on fire. Deputies observed a pile of charred garbage and smoke damage under the front part of the trailer.

Deputies searched the area for Jones-Martin and located her in the area of Dryden’s Rd, Orick. Jones-Martin was with her boyfriend, 42 year old William Arthur Basteyns. Jones-Martin had evidence connected to starting the fire at the trailer, and had multiple visible injuries consistent with domestic violence. Jones –Martin told deputies she thought Basteyns was cheating on her with the victim. Jones-Martin further alleged Basteyns assaulted her and forced her into a vehicle and ordered her to take him to his property he thought Jones-Martin had removed from their shared residence.


Basteyns and Jones-Martin were arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Basteyns was booked for domestic violence and false imprisonment. His bail was set at $50,000. Jones-Martin was booked for arson to an inhabited structure. Her bail was set at $250,000.

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