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Violent Criminal Who Brutally Attacked a 61-Year-Old Woman in Willits Sentenced to Life in Prison

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


Jose Miguel Perez [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

In October 2021, a local man approached and attacked a frail local woman he did not know in a Willits shopping center. He repeatedly beat her before dragging her against her will behind the shopping center’s grocery store where he attempted to sexually assault her. He eventually skulked away, leaving the victim for dead.

Another man riding his bicycle later in the same area happened upon, saw the bloody and obviously injured woman, and thought she may be dead. He immediately called 9-1-1 for help.

The crime investigation by local law enforcement was greatly assisted by shopping center security cameras that captured, among other things, images of the defendant dragging the woman behind a dumpster. Using the images, law enforcement quickly identified the attacker.

Defendant Jose Miguel Perez, now age 24, formerly of Willits, was convicted by plea in April of felony kidnapping with the intent to commit rape and felony assault by force likely to cause great bodily injury.

The defendant also admitted as true a sentencing enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury that caused the victim to lose consciousness due to a traumatic brain injury.

Friday morning defendant Perez was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison by Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Carly Dolan.

Still engaged in recovery, the victim was present in the courtroom for the sentencing and addressed Judge Dolan and those in the courtroom, making a compelling victim impact statement.

The law enforcement agencies that developed the evidence used to convict the defendant were the Willits Police Department and the investigators from the District Attorney’s Office.

The attorney who prosecuted the defendant from arraignment through sentencing was Assistant District Attorney Dale P. Trigg.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. Can’t the dems at least put up a rope at the southern border to slow these a%#hol#s down? Current strategy of compassion, kindness, dignity, benefits, midterms falls woefully short with guys like this. He needs to be shipped to Martha’s Vineyard, D.C., Chicago, Fair Oaks, immediately!

    • And you know this guy is an immigrant how?

      Assumptions and falsehoods won’t change anything that NEEDS changed.
      It will only incite the mob, which is looking like you are a part of that mob.

      • Non fiction gets caught in a lot of fiction but he is right here. 90% of the Mexican population is hard working, catholic, strong families, educate their kids, start businesses, and good neighbors.
        They are voting more and more republican and hate Biden letting Cartel crud in with open borders

      • “gets caught in a lot of fiction”?

        Any supporting evidence BK?

        Anything like your “gold star” below?

  2. Democrats fixing sentencing in criminals favor:

    However, for the violent criminal, that is not the case. Pursuant to Penal Code section 2933.1, the violent defendant must serve 85 percent of his actual sentence. Thus, if a defendant were sentenced to ten years in prison for committing a violent felony, he would not be released from prison until he had served approximately 8.5 years of his sentence. The end result is obvious: an extra 1.5 years where a victim can sleep more safely knowing that the person who harmed him or her will not be able to do so again.

    All of this will end if the California Senate passes AB 292. Authored and introduced by District 29 Assemblymember Mark Stone, this bill will eliminate the 85 percent sentencing requirement for all violent felonies, replacing it with the 50 percent requirement currently reserved for all non-violent felonies. Thus, murderers, rapists and child molesters will not only be lumped into the same category as non-violent felons but will be released from prison significantly earlier.

    If you do not want to see murderers, rapists and child molesters released years earlier into the public to victimize others, contact Ventura County state senators Monique Limon and Henry Stern. Let’s help them understand we are paying attention to their votes — especially on AB 292.

    California Won’t Say Why Violent Criminals Are Walking Free From Potential Life Sentences:Gavin Newsom is allowing killers, sentenced to life behind bars without parole, to be let free and roam our streets again. When asked why? His Administration refuses to answer. Why should they. To tell the truth Gavin would get into trouble. H knows the media will not push on this—they support the No Prison policy of the Democrats.

    “Now the office says because of privacy laws, they will not tell the public why a woman serving a life prison sentence for murder is free, or even where she is.

    “It’s really a slap in the face to my brother, to the judicial system,” said Dena Love.

    Of the thousands out now for accelerated release, the state says only those who have 180 days or less to serve on their sentences and are not currently serving time for violent crimes would be eligible. But Chief Richart says there are violent criminals who are right now walking free because of the early inmate release.

    Starting this week(2019 article), murderers and violent criminals in California can now serve on juries. The state Assembly approved the legislation on a 47-26 vote. The Senate gave its final OK on a 29-10 vote.

  3. Ya I was a victim of a violent crime in Ukiah over ten years ago and left for dead on Gobbi St and robbed! His name was Augustine Freeze! He was charged with great bodily injury,robbery and I went through two surgeries on my face. He was caught in front of Safeway in Ukiah! I’m still suffering from it. He got less than one year in county jail and released! He still walks the streets and I still suffering! Is that justice?

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