Monday, January 30, 2023

The Sentencing Hearing of Fired Ukiah Police Sergeant Kevin Murray Is Back On

Kevin Murray [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

The twists and turns of the People of the State of California vs. Kevin Murray continued this afternoon with Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman scheduling the former Ukiah Police sergeant’s judgment and sentencing hearing for next Tuesday, August 30, 2022, one day after the hearing was canceled just hours before.

Kevin Murray, fired in early 2021 from the Ukiah Police Department, stood accused of multiple sexual and violent crimes.

As the record stands, three women have come forward accusing the former police officer of using his power to intimidate and sexually coerce. As Murray’s trial neared, the community was shocked when a last-minute plea deal left Murray facing two charges: felony intimidation of a victim and a misdemeanor charge for false imprisonment.

All charges associated with the victimization of women have been dropped. Before the plea, Murray faced potential jail time and having to register as a sex offender. As it stands, Murray will now at most face 1-2 years of probation with the potential of a suspended one-year prison sentence.

Ukiah Police Officer Kevin Murray and his K9 Partner Thor [Picture from the Ukiah Police Department website]

Murray’s case has become a galvanized Mendocino County watching one of those charged with protecting become an alleged predator. As it stands, the sexual violence that Murray stood accused of will never be assessed in a court of law. The three women allegedly victimized by him will be denied the opportunity to face the man who they see as their abuser.

With today’s court order, the Kevin Murray saga could finally reach a conclusion. Next, Tuesday, August 30, 2022, Murray and his attorneys will be provided Judge Moorman’s sentencing in Courtroom G at 3:00 p.m.



  1. This asshole has terrorized people for almost ten years that we know about. How did he keep his badge after assaulting a fellow officer? Someone needs to look at his Military record. I have no doubt he committed crimes in Iraq. This is stinky corruption and it isn’t just Murray. Eyster, Moorman, Wadeleich and Law Enforcement and Judicial systems in Lake and Sonoma Counties are complicit. Where is the State?

  2. I’ve left several messages for Mike McGuire and just sent some links to Vice News. They’re pretty good at covering small town police corruption.

  3. Sent messages to Pro Publica and SF Chronic as well. The tip form at Pro Publica is great. Asks which documents should be requested. I suggested UPD records from 2013 when Murray assaulted a fellow officer and Eyster’s Brady Law reports on Wadeleich’s ex. Ukiah obviously needs some light shining on it from outside the county.

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I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. 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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