Two Ordered to Pay $30K Restitution for Environmental Damage on Trespass Grow
Press release from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:
The two men convicted of trespassing on private timber company land in the Branscomb area for the purpose of cultivating 1,995 marijuana plants were back in court last Friday for a hearing to determine what restitution amount, if any, they should pay for the environmental damage done by their activities. The two men, Clemente Flores, age 36, and Refugio Perez Hernandez, age 31, both formerly of Healdsburg, were previously sentenced to 16 months in local prison.
On Friday Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Cindee Mayfield ordered that the two defendants be jointly and severally responsible for $30,009.25 in environmental damages. Despite his expectation that both men will eventually be deported and the timber company will never see a dime of the ordered amount, District Attorney David Eyster said his office will nevertheless continue to seek restitution for environmental damages in these types of cases. “I can’t be assured that these men won’t be back in this country sometime down the road so I wanted a restitution order in place, one that includes interest at the legal rate of 10 percent per annun, just in case one of them does return and hits Lotto,” said Eyster.