Press Releases

2017

November 14, 2017- Eight Parents Arrested for Failing to Send Their Kids to School

Eight parents were arrested last week and charged with failing to send their children to school, in the second countywide truancy sweep coordinated by the Merced County District Attorney's Office and the Merced County Office of Education, announced Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II...Read more on the SARB Sweep

November 3, 2017- Two Men Will Spend the Rest of Their Lives in Prison for a 2014 Hilmar Murder

William White and Victor Hernandez will spend the rest of their lives in prison after being sentenced yesterday for their roles in the death of Orlando Yepez, announced Deputy District Attorney Walter Wall, who prosecuted the case... Read more about the sentencing



October 13, 2017- Repeat Fraudster in Merced County Denied Parole                                           

A Merced man, sentenced to 11 years in prison earlier this year for multiple counts of grand theft and diversion of construction funds in amounts exceeding $100,000, but already eligible for parole following the 2016 passage of Proposition 57, will have to remain in prison following a denial by the state Board of Parole last month, the Merced County District Attorney’s office announced...Read more about Munoz's Parole Denial.

September 18, 2017- Bill Olson Appointed New Chief Investigator for Merced DA Office


Bill Olson has been promoted to the Chief Investigator position with the Merced County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations, announced District Attorney Larry D. Morse II... Read more about Bill's promotion.

September 7, 2017- District Attorney Announces Conviction Review Unit


District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced today that he has designated a Conviction Review Unit to review post-conviction claims of actual innocence and has formalized a process to review such claims...Read more about the Conviction Review Unit. 



September 5, 2017- Ten Parents Arrested for Failing to Send Their Kids to School

Ten parents were arrested last week and charged with failing to send their kids to school as part of a countywide truancy sweep coordinated by the Merced County District Attorney's office and the Merced County Office of Education... Read more on the SARB Sweep


 
August 22, 2017- Three Men Indicted on Murder Charge by a Merced County Grand Jury

A Merced County Grand Jury indicted three validated gang members on Friday morning for the June 11 savage jail house murder of Aaron Bonilla, who was beaten and stomped to death while in custody for auto theft... Read more about Aaron Bonilla's murder.



August 9, 2017- Two Men Convicted of First Degree Murder

William White, 38, of Antioch, and Victor Hernandez, 27, of Modesto, were both convicted of first degree murder and two counts of home invasion robbery, with all gun enhancements found to be true, on Tuesday by a Merced County jury... Read more about White and Hernandez' convictions.



August 1, 2017- Felony and Misdemeanor Charges Filed in 2016 Fatal Bus Crash Near Livingston

The Merced County District Attorney's office filed four felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and five misdemeanor vehicle code violations against Mario David Vasquez of Los Angeles on Monday in connection with an early morning bus crash on August 2nd of 2016 outside of Livingston...Read more about the bus crash



August 1, 2017- New Artist is Featured in Merced County District Attorney's Lobby

Angela Holmes us the latest artist displaying her paintings in the Merced County District Attorney's office lobby. Her paintings, featuring different jungle animals and abstract pieces will be on display through December... Read more about Angela Homes.


June 5, 2017- Man Convicted of Two Separate Homicides


Dionicio Gutierrez-Salazar, 38, of Atwater, was found guilty by a Merced County jury of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances on Friday June 2, announced District Attorney Larry D. Morse II...Read more about Gutierrez-Salazar's conviction.


May 17, 2017- New Attorney Sworn in at Merced District Attorney's Office


Jeremy Toscano, 29, a native of Los Banos, was sworn in as a new attorney yesterday by District Attorney Larry D. Morse II at the Merced County District Attorney’s Office... Read more on Jeremy's Swearing in.

May 10, 2017- "Massive" Sweep in Merced County Nets More Than 50 Sureno Gang Members


Nearly 500 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel hit the streets at dawn in Merced County on Wednesday executing search warrants and completing arrests of the more than 50 Sureno criminal street gang members targeted as part of a massive multi-agency gang interdiction effort dubbed “Operation Scrapbook"... Read more about Operation Scrapbook.

April 18, 2017- Charges Filed in Connection with Merced Homicide


The Merced County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges today against 50-year-old William Li of San Francisco, in connection with the murder of 30-year-old Lijun Wang, whose body was found in a dumpster in February, announced Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II... Read more about Charges Filed.

April 7, 2017- Man Arrested on $600,000 Warrant Issued by Merced County


Edward Mitchell Jr., 47, was arrested on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at his residence in Eureka, as a result of a $600,000 warrant issued out of Merced County for 14 felony counts of obtaining money, labor or property by false pretenses and 14 felony counts of diversion of construction funds... Read more about Mitchell's Arrest.


March 27, 2017- Merced County District Attorney's Office Celebrates Victims' Rights Week


Marylene Riley, who lost both of her sons to violence in Merced County, will be the featured speaker at the Merced County District Attorney's annual Victims' Rights Week ceremony held at noon on Thursday, April 6, at the Courthouse Park... Read more about Victims' Rights Week.


March 22, 2017- Anna Hazel Named First Woman Supervising Investigator


Anna Hazel has been promoted to the Supervising Investigator position with the Merced County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations... Read more about Anna Hazel's Promotion.

February 27, 2017- Repeat Scammer Gets Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison


The Honorable Jeanne Schechter, Commissioner of the Merced Superior Court sentenced Jesse Munoz of Merced to 11 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation... Read more about Scammer Sentencing.
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February 10, 2017- Court Issues Final Judgment and Injunction Against the Siesta Motel


Merced County Superior Court Judge Brian McCabe issued a Permanent Injunction this week against the Siesta Motel, its owners and operators and ordered that they abate and illegal activities occurring on the premises... Read more about the Injunction on the Siesta Motel.

February 8, 2017- A Credit Scam Has Made Its Way to the Central Valley


Following the recent arrest of two women who tried to use bogus paystubs to gain “pre-approval” for financing at a car dealership, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office is advising local businesses to be extra vigilant in processing credit applications... Read more about the Credit Scam.

February 1, 2017- Dangerous Cockroach Powder Sold at Los Banos Flea Market


An illegal cockroach powder that has been sold recently at the Merced Spring Flea Market is not safe for humans or animals and should not be used in the home, District Attorney Larry Morse II announced today... Read more about the Dangerous Cockroach Powder.


January 10, 2017- District Attorney Announces Victim Services Grant


The Merced County District Attorney's Office has been selected to receive $373,000 through the federal Victims of Crime Act... Read more about Victim Services Grant.

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