Saturday, September 23, 2023

Rohnert Park Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Shooting Brother-in-Law on a Bell Springs Cannabis Farm Last July


The following is a press release from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:

Oscar Alvarez Ruiz Mugshot
Oscar Alvarez Ruiz [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

Defendant Oscar Alvarez Ruiz, age 24, of Rohnert Park, was sentenced to 120 months in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Wednesday morning by the Mendocino County Superior Court.

Defendant Alvarez Ruiz was convicted by plea on January 25, 2022 of voluntary manslaughter, a felony form of homicide, and the personal use of a firearm.

The defendant shot and killed his brother-in-law after a sudden quarrel in July 2021 at an illegal marijuana grow up Bell Springs Road north of Laytonville where they were both working.

Because voluntary manslaughter is characterized as a violent felony by the California Penal Code, any early release credits the defendant has earned in the county jail and may attempt to earn while in state prison shall not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The law enforcement agency that developed the evidence underlying the defendant’s conviction was the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

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The prosecutor who has been handling this case from report review and charging through sentencing was Assistant District Attorney Dale P. Trigg.

Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder presided over Wednesday’s sentencing proceedings.

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  1. The message seems to be, if you’re a member of a minority group, come to Mendo! Guaranteed a lighter sentence than anywhere else in the nation. Pistol whipped a teenager in commission of a robbery? Here’s 300 days with credit for time served. We don’t want to appear racist. 🙄

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