Aug 13, 2016

Eureka Natural Foods owner Rick Littlefield who was lucky enough to get SWAP and probation for his 5th DUI has not shown up today for his commit to jail date

Eureka Natural Foods Owner, Rick Littlefield who was lucky enough to plead out, get five years formal supervised probation and get SWAP for the 180 days in jail he was sentenced to, was supposed to show up and "commit to jail this morning" by 9 a.m.

He has not shown up. I just checked.

His license is suspended for 4 years. His license is restricted for 5 years. He had to pay $3,287 in fees and fines and a restitution fine for $300.

According to his probation report, he had 2 days actual credit and 2 days PC 4019 credit for a total of 4 days credit.

Littlefield told the probation department in his interview, "I am really sorry. I'll never do it again."
The probation officer said that Littlefield said this was a life changing event for him. Littlefield said his current participation in treatment has been very productive for him.

According to the probation report, Littlefield has been drinking alcohol since he was 16 years old. He is now 64 years old.

Had he been sentenced to prison, Littlefield would be eligible to serve the time at the local jail facility.

The probation report notes that circumstances of aggravation are that "the defendant's prior convictions are numerous" and "defendant was on probation when the crime was committed."

But then the probation goes on to say as factors in mitigation that "defendant's prior performance on probation was satisfactory."

The suggested prison term has a triad of "16-2-3"; and the suggested prison term was 3 years.

The reason for recommending probation.

"The defendant is a respected, productive member of the community. His continued problems with drinking and driving are not mitigated by his social and professional status. He indicated his current participation on treatment in treatment services have been helpful., and he was confident that he will put this behind him."

Jul 12, 2016

Eureka Natural Foods Rick Littlefield owner pleads no contest to one count in a plea, sentencing is on July 26

At his disposition and reset hearing, Eureka Natural Foods owner Rick Littlefield, plead out in his 5th DUI case. Visiting Judge Dennis Buckley accepted the plea.

The sentencing is scheduled for July 26.

According to the court records, Littlefield plead no contest to Count 1, VC23152 (a), driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of a felony DUI and admitted three priors.

Count 2 was dismissed as were the special allegations.

Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo prosecuted the case. Littlefield was represented by Mr. Patrik Griego.

Jun 15, 2016

Owner of Eureka Natural Foods is no longer an Eureka Rotary member

Rick Littlefield, owner of Eureka Natural Foods, who was recently arrested for his fifth DUI, is no longer an Eureka Rotary member.

May 9, 2016

ENF's Rick Littlefield ordered to stay in treatment as part of release; hires award winning lawyer Patrik Griego

Eureka Natural Foods owner was arraigned this afternoon in Courtroom 5. A very subdued Littlefield sat next to his lawyer in court.

His wife had accompanied him to the Courthouse but she remained outside the courtroom.

He was also scheduled today for warrant surrender and bond status. He failed to appear in court on April 25 and his bail bond had been forfeited.

Littlefield has hired California and National Trial lawyer winner, Mr. Patrick Griego, law firm of Janssen and Malloy. Mr. Griego was fulfilling his civic duty as a potential juror in another courtroom and his colleague Ms. Megan Yarnell appeared in court today for him.

On May 3, Mr. Griego filed a request to calendar. There have been discussions between the D.A.'s office and Mr. Griego.

Judge Joyce Hinrichs reinstated the bail bond. In addition to the felony DUI complaint, Littlefield was also arraigned on a petition to revoke his felony probation.

Ms. Yarnall said that Littlefield is "currently enrolled as a resident" in the Singing Trees program. She told the Judge that Mr. Griego and the DA's office had spoken. The defense was requesting that Littlefield remain out of custody and continue his treatment. "They will notify probation and us, if he leaves."

Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo said, "The People had intended to seek remand."  She confirmed that she had spoken with Mr. Griego. Ms. Pizzo told Judge Hinrichs that if Littlefield "were to leave the program, we would seek an immediate warrant." This was due to concerns of public safety.

An order to this effect was signed by Judge Hinrichs. A 977 waiver was also filed today in court for Littlefield.

A disposition and reset date has been set for June 23rd at 2 p.m.

Apr 29, 2016

Rick Littlefield scheduled to be arraigned for mosr recent and fifth DUI arrest on May 9

Rick Littlefield is set to be arraigned on either May 9 or May 10 for his most recent case. The May 10 is the date that the DA's letter states.

Courtroom 5, the court where felonies are being arraigned these days.

His bail was forfeited  because he failed to appear in court on April 25.

He is charged with Count 1 VC23152 (a), driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of a felony DUI and Count 2,VC23152, driving with a 0.0.8% or more blood alcohol content within 10 years of a felony DUI.

Both counts have the special allegation that his blood alcohol was 0.15% or more.

Mar 28, 2016

No charges filed yet for Rick Littlefield owner of Eureka Natural Food in most recent DUI,this makes fifth arrest, 4 previous guilty pleas

Richard William Littlefield was arrested by CHP for violation of VC23152(a)/23550 on Wednesday, March 23 at 9:31 p.m.

He is out on bond and no charges have been filed for this felony yet. I am following the case. A date for bond status/possible arraignment is set for April 25, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

He has four previous cases in the system, three misdemeanors and one felony. All were guilty pleas. Three were DUIs; one in 2009 was for disturbing the peace and driving with a suspended/revoked license. This was the case in which headlines of the arrest alleged solicitation of an Old Town prostitute.

The DUIs included two from 2006, months apart and one from 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Another Formal Supervised Probation? What a friggin joke!!! Our judicial system here in Humboldt is corrupt and pathetic. 5th DUI and this is his sentence, it infuriates me!