District Attorney Cases 2/15/17

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


Jeff Ketter (53) Laughlin NV. Possession of methamphetamine. Seventeen days jail, fine $835.

Paula Sylvestri (52) and Michel Sylvestri (54) Sierraville. After a contested preliminary hearing, both were ordered to stand trial on charges of a residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, and use of a deadly weapon (a hammer). The testimony produced at the preliminary hearing demonstrated that in September of 2016, Ms. Sylvestri decided to travel from her home in Sierrville, to their rental unit in Loyalton to confront the tenant – her aunt. She enlisted Michael to go with her, and, packing a hammer, went to the rental unit. Michael used his pass key to gain entrance to the private area of the residence, knocked on the apartment door, and lured the victim out into a hallway. At that time, Paula went after the victim, striking her in the head several times. The victim screamed for help, and the Sylvestri’s fled the scene. The victim was air lifted to Renown Hospital in Reno where she was treated and released. The Sylvestri’s remain free on bail amounts of $100,000 and $25,000.

Drew Kinzie (36) Downieville. He was sentenced on a felony false imprisonment conviction resulting from a domestic violence incident. He was placed on Three years probation, 180 days in jail, 987 days supervised release, and ordered residential re-hab for 90 days. He was also ordered to successfully complete drug court, and complete a 52 week batters program.

Thomas Stafford (29) Loyalton. He violated parole on an underlying conviction of residential burglary by absconding and possession of methamphetamine. He was ordered to serve 135 days jail, and discharged from parole supervision.

Glenn Knapp (54) Alleghany. Knapp plead guilty to battery on a domestic partner as a misdemeanor. He was placed on 18 months probation, served 5 days jail, fined $1540, and ordered to complete a 52 week batters program.

Michael Brooks (31) Loyalton. He violated parole by absconding. He was sentenced to 135 day jail, and reinstated on parole.

Ervin Krall (68) Elverta. Hunting in the wrong zone. He was fined $1055.

Hannah Ashley (35) Guerenville. Ashley pled guilty to Kidnaping, abduction of a child, and two counts of residential burglary. She will be sentenced on April 4. She remains in custody on a “no bail” hold.
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.