The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney:
A Mendocino County Superior Court jury returned from its deliberations early Tuesday afternoon to announce it had found the trial defendant guilty as charged.
Defendant Jacob William Coleman, age 25, of Lakeport, was found guilty of a single count of felony assault with a deadly weapon.
After the jury was excused, a court trial was conducted in which the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had previously suffered a prior Strike conviction, to wit, felony Assault With a Firearm in the Lake County Superior Court in January 2022.
The prosecutor also proved-up six separate circumstances in aggravation, sentencing factors that may ultimately influence the state prison base term that the defendant may receive at his sentencing hearing.
When all the courtroom work was completed, the defendant’s case was referred to the Adult Probation Department for a background investigation and sentencing recommendation.
The defendant was ordered to be returned to court on November 14, 2023 at 9 o’clock in the morning in Department A of the Ukiah Courthouse for formal sentencing.
The law enforcement agency that interviewed the victim, witnesses, and gathered the evidence used at trial was the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
The prosecutor who presented the People’s evidence at trial and argued for the verdict that was eventually returned was Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott McMenomey.
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder presided over the two-day trial. Judge Faulder will also preside over the November sentencing hearing.