SAN DIEGO–County Board of Supervisors honored eight prosecutors in her office with proclamations recognizing their outstanding contributions to public safety over the past year. The proclamations were announced at Tuesday morning’s board meeting.
“I’m very proud of the outstanding work of these Deputy District Attorneys,” District Attorney Dumanis said. “They truly represent the dedication and quality of our entire prosecutorial team throughout the office.”
The Deputy District Attorneys honored by the board for their commitment to public safety include:
Runyon obtained a conviction against defendant Alex Charfauros, using a novel theory of criminal responsibility in connection with 2010 murder of San Diego Police Officer Christopher Wilson. Wilson was killed in the line of duty during a probation search at the defendant’s home. Two other defendants pleaded guilty and admitted their culpability for this senseless killing.
Anthony Campagna and Chris Lindberg
Over a two-year period, Deputy District Attorneys Campagna and Lindberg worked tirelessly to bring justice to two violent killers. In November 2005, two defendants stormed into a home and held the innocent occupants of the house hostage as they turned the house upside down looking for the money rumored to have been left by a drug dealer. Both defendants were each also responsible for an additional separate murder. They were tried separately and both sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Following a lengthy investigation and jury trial, Paraskevopoulos convicted defendant Patrick Pawlicki of molesting three children in his home, including his own 9-year-old daughter who suffers from Down’s syndrome. The crimes left all three victims in psychologically fragile states, which compounded the challenges of this case. Pawlicki was sentenced to life in prison.
Over the past year, McLaughlin tried three difficult murder cases resulting in guilty verdicts. In People v. Desbrow, gang member Danne Desbrow shot and killed Kevin Santos at Casa De Oro apartment complex. In People v. Goodman, gang member Kindu Goodman shot and killed fellow gang associate Donald White at the Bahia Hotel. In People v. Sissac, gang member Demetrius Sissac shot and killed cab driver Jalaludin Hamrah for perceived disrespect. All three killers were sentenced to life in prison.
In September 2011, two teen defendants, armed with a knife, went out to smoke pot and look for someone to rob. Their plans changed when they saw two young girls sitting and talking under a tree in a neighborhood park. They kidnapped the teenage girls at knifepoint, took them into a nearby canyon, and brutally raped and sexually assaulted the girls. Patrick obtained convictions of both defendants after a month-long trial. Both are now serving life sentences.
Eacret obtained justice over two violent and dangerous criminals last year. In People v. Abiel, the defendant stabbed a man to death after an argument in a bar. In People v. Motsenbocker, the defendant assaulted a Deputy U.S. Marshall by driving off during a vehicle stop, dragging the officer alongside the car.
Hauf faced challenging evidence to bring to justice a serial rapist and reckless killer. In People v. Boyle, the defendant forcibly raped a woman who made the mistake of going for a ride with him on his motorcycle. In People v. Najera, the defendant fled police in a stolen car while under the influence of methamphetamine and morphine. The defendant crashed head on into a car being driven by a 77-year-old woman, killing her passenger.