The following press release was issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:
The following felony-level defendants were sentenced this week in the Mendocino County Superior Court to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (state prison).
These four felons have now joined the queue of state prison-bound inmates at the Mendocino County jail awaiting a decision by state authorities to reopen the doors of state prison facilities so that the intake, processing, classification, and final destination assignments of incoming new inmates may resume:
Joseph Phillip Hart, age 46, from many places but last local place was the Spy Rock area of northern Mendocino County; sentenced October 23rd to 72 months in state prison following his conviction by jury of assault with a knife, a felony. The defendant’s base sentence of 36 months was doubled because he admitted having a prior Strike conviction, as charged by the DA.
Tylor Lauvale Ulugalu, age 23, of Ukiah; sentenced October 23rd to 72 months in state prison following his conviction by plea of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 years, a felony. The defendant’s base sentence of 36 months was doubled because he admitted having a prior Strike conviction, as charged by the DA.
Randolph Paul Bisson, age 65, of Covelo; sentenced October 22nd to 156 months (13 years) in state prison following his conviction by plea of assault with a firearm, a felony, and an admission that he personally used said firearm in the commission of the crime. This conviction is defined in the Penal Code as a violent felony so any credits he may attempt to earn towards early release is limited to no more than 15% of the overall sentence.
Joel Jesus Ramos, age 39, of Hopland; sentenced in the Mendocino County Superior Court on October 21st to 24 months in state prison following his unsuccessful performance on supervised probation. The defendant was convicted by plea in May 2018 of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property (motor vehicle), both as felonies.