The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 03-15-2022 at 2:30 A.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol when they observed the vehicle in front of them abruptly pull over into a turn out in the 7000 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.
The Deputies pulled over and observed the vehicle’s registration was expired.
The Deputies contacted the occupants of the vehicle. The passenger was identified as Nichole Sotillekonevitch and the driver was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS).
The Deputies performed a search of the vehicle, per the driver’s PRCS terms. The Deputies located the following items: A loaded shotgun, a short barreled assault rifle and a loaded high capacity magazine. Upon further inspection the assault rifle did not contain a serial number.
The Deputies continued their investigation and developed probable cause to believe Sotillekonevitch was in possession of both firearms and the high capacity magazine.
Sotillekonevitch was arrested for 33215 PC (Felony Possession of Short Barreled Rifle), 24610 PC (Felony Possess Undetectable Firearm), 32310 PC (Felony Possess Large Capacity Magazine), 30605(a) PC (Felony Possess Assault Weapon), 25850(a) PC (Misdemeanor Carry Loaded Firearm In Vehicle).
Nichole was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.