The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:
With his jury trial scheduled to begin next Monday morning in Ukiah, defendant Antonio David Borrero-Ginel, age 35, formerly of the Fort Bragg area, figuratively threw in the towel Thursday morning, withdrew his not guilty pleas, and admitted criminal liability for having committed sex acts on a minor.
The defendant personally entered a guilty plea to having orally copulated a child 10 years of age or younger, a felony violation of Penal Code section 288.7(b). This crime carries an indeterminate state prison sentence of 15 years to life.
The defendant also entered a guilty plea to a separate and distinct felony violation of Penal Code section 288(a), lewd and lascivious acts on a child. The defendant stipulated to a state prison sentence of three years for this crime, said time to run consecutive to the life sentence.
After the guilty pleas were accepted and entered into the court record, the defendant’s case was referred to the Adult Probation Department for a sentencing report.
The probation report will be relied on by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to make prison classification, risk assessment, and facility assignment decisions.
The defendant’s sentencing hearing is now calendared for March 23, 2023 at 9 o’clock in the morning in Department A of the Ukiah courthouse, the date, time, and location when the 18 years to life sentence will be formally imposed.
The law enforcement agency that investigated and developed the evidence underlying today’s convictions was the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
The attorney who originally filed formal charges against this defendant and would have been the People’s trial prosecutor is Assistant District Attorney Dale P. Trigg.
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder accepted the defendant’s change of pleas and will be the sentencing judge on March 23rd.