Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Sacramento Man Found Guilty of DUI After Mendocino County Jury Deliberates ‘Only Fifteen Minutes’


The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney:

Michael Pimental [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

A Mendocino County Superior Court jury returned to a Ukiah courtroom Thursday afternoon after deliberating for only fifteen minutes to announce it had found the trial defendant guilty as charged.

Defendant Michael Patrick Pimental, age 27, of Sacramento, was found guilty of both misdemeanor driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and misdemeanor driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol .08 or greater.

The evidence presented at trial was the defendant blood alcohol at the time of his driving was .12/.12. It is illegal to drive any motor vehicle with a blood alcohol .08 or greater.

The defendant was ordered to return to court on August 11, 2021 for judgment and sentencing.

Anyone interested in this defendant, this type of case, or just curious as to what sentence will ultimately be imposed is invited to attend the sentencing hearing in Department B at the Ukiah courthouse.

The investigating law enforcement agencies that developed the evidence underlying today’s convictions were the Ukiah Police Department, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, and the California Department of Justice crime laboratory.

The prosecutor who presented the People’s evidence to the jury was Deputy District Attorney Kassandra Long.

This is DDA Long’s last jury trial here in Mendocino County before leaving Ukiah to start work next month as a deputy prosecutor with the Marin County District Attorney.

Thank you for your public service here in Mendocino County, Kassie, and Godspeed to you in Marin County.

Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Victoria Shanahan presided over the four-day trial and will be the sentencing judge in August.

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  1. You guys should also put how he won the first trial and that crooked system called it a mistrial because they wanted him to be found guilty so bad that they made him come back for another trial date and have a complete different jury . Also how evidence was completely gone from the officers end on the video
    Taping of that day due to car now marked as “terminated” as in doesn’t exist anymore. Ukiah court house is very unfair and had jury people come out there seat just to say it due to
    Past history of them doing things like this.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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