District Attorney Cases

Sierra County District Attorney
Lawrence R. Allen
District Attorney / Public Administrator
530.289.3269 530.993.4617


Valerie Robertson (59) Loyalton. Ms. Robertson pled guilty to preparing evidence with the intent to use for a fraudulent and deceitful purpose – she was discovered with a bag of urine in her freezer to be used to give a clean drug test. Sentencing is scheduled for December 7. This offense carries a potential three year prison sentence.

Tomas Gonzales (19) Loyalton. Gonzales admitted a violation of probation for attempting to contact a person in violation of a stay-away order. He was given 13 days in jail, and reinstated on probation.

Jonathan Kimpson (28) Loyalton. Kimpson’s probation was violated for using a controlled substance when he gave a “dirty test.” He was reinstated on probation, and referred to drug court.

Samuel LaBono (22) Loyalton. LaBono was violated for possession of pornographic material, a violation of the terms of his probation.. Labono was on probation for attempting to contact a minor for sexual purposes. He was given 58 days in jail, and reinstated on probation.

Justin Duncan (41) Sierraville. After a contested preliminary hearing, Duncan was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of assault and battery of a domestic co-habitant.

Anselmo Rosas (41) Oakland. Mr. Rosas pled guilty to possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle. He was placed on one year probation, and fined $700.

Hannah Ashley (35) Gurneville. After a contested preliminary hearing, Ms. Ashley was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of three counts of first degree (residential) burglary, child abduction, evading or eluding a peace officer in a dangerous manner, kidnapping and child endangerment. According to evidence produced at the preliminary hearing, Ms. Ashley was the subject of a state-wide Amber Alert when, on October 23, she entered the house of her mother who had full custody of her infant (seven month old) son, and she abducted the child. On October 25, she was spotted by Sierra County Deputy Sheriff Nathan Rust around 6:30 in the morning heading north on highway 49. Deputy Rust attempted to stop Ms. Ashley with red lights and siren, but Ms. Ashley refused to yield, leading Deputy Rust on a chase up Highway 49 at speeds up to 90 miles per hour. Deputy Rust lost sight of the Ashley vehicle as it entered Downieville. The vehicle was later discovered abandoned in Downieville. Search teams were formed involving the California Highway Patrol, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Department, Cal-Trans, Downieville Fire Department, and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. Around 3 PM on the 25th, Ms. Ashley was apprehended by Highway Patrol Officer Matt Sprague in downtown Downieville after a citizen recognized Ashley from the Amber Alert photos. The child was crying in a canvas bag carried by Ms. Ashley when the arrest occurred. Later in the day it was discovered that two houses in Downieville had been broken in with property missing. Testimony indicated that Ms. Ashley was wearing clothing and boots taken from the two residences when she was arrested. Ashley remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.