Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies Find Witness That May Have Secured Death Penalty in Child Rape Case


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According to an email sent to Humboldt County Sheriff Sergeant Jesse Taylor, deputies in Southern Humboldt were instrumental in finding a key witness needed in a child rape case. The email states,

Just wanted to let you know we got a death verdict today. The witness you helped us with played a huge role in the verdict. Thanks again for your help. Your assistance may have seen minimal to you and your deputies but it was much appreciated by all of us and to the victims family. If you ever need anything our way please let me know.

According to a press release sent out by the Sheriff’s Office,

On November 16th 2016, personnel assigned to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Garberville Station were contacted by two Investigators from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office. The Investigators were looking for a key witness to a death penalty case that involved the tragic rape, torture, and killing of a three year old child in Tulare County. See here for additional information:

The Tulare County Investigators requested the assistance of HCSO in locating a witness for the death penalty phase of their court case. The Investigators believed their witness lived somewhere in the Southern Humboldt area, but had no other information to go on. Utilizing Confidential Informants, and their intimate knowledge of the area, HCSO Deputies were able to locate the witness within the hour. The Tulare County Investigators were able to transport the witness back to their jurisdiction where the witness testified the next day. It has been determined the testimony of this witness had a direct impact on the judgement for the death penalty phase of their trial.

The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office has since thanked the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for our assistance. It is our hope that assisting Tulare County has somehow helped bring justice to this horrific tragedy.



  • Thank you Witness for being there, then and now.

  • Unfortunately, the liberal idiots that run this great state of California have eliminated the true implementation of the death penalty. That is to say we don’t even know when the last death penalty convicted inmate has been terminated under this program. The libtards are sick when it comes to implementing true justice, they would rather discuss, delay, prognosticate, debate, etc. the rehabilitation of such individuals rather than see justice be done for an innocent victim. The criminals have more rights than the victims.

    This sad sorry piece of shit, example of a waste of good oxygen should be put down like a dog….immediately after conviction. Rape, torture, and murder of a 3 year old girl!!!!

    Wake up you fricking liberal idiots. I can’t stand this shit anymore.

    • Sounds like you are unaware of the recent election in which “liberal” californians reaffirmed SUPPORT for the death penalty & streamlined the process.
      Let the slaughter begin
      By the way, dogs rarely, if ever, rape torture & murder children. Another comparison might be a better choice.

    • Trump is going to trial for raping a 13 year old… Classy guy!

      • Trump WAS going to trial for the alleged rape of a 13 year old girl. The victim, now an adult dropped the suit just before the election. Said she was getting death threats and did not want to be (even more) public. So now, we will never know what really happened.
        Was amazed that the press hardly touched the story. If the same accusations were made about Bill Clinton, even of Joe Biden or Bernie, the press would have been all over it!

    • I totally agree with you. He had no regard for this innocent 3 year old baby so why do we have any regard for him? He does have rights… The right to die in the gas chamber ASAP.

      • It’s not the “Gas Chamber anymore!!! Lethal Injection is the standard method of “justified legalized murder”!!!

    • Then get the F**** out of Humboldt & Cali go to some other state where murder is answered with murder

    • Yes,because killing even one innocent person is too many. The death penalty is barbaric and most CIVILIZED countries do not participate in such childish retribution. Especially when so many convicted have been exonerated.

      • J.K Maybe you Are too liberal . If he did this to one of your family members I wonder if you would feel the same. You have a really sick liberal mind. I’m glade you are not a judge . And if on a jury You should be thrown out. I tend to be on the liberal side but not for this heinous crime.

      • Jk you just read what was done to this beautiful innocent child and you still feel that way you have serious issues!

      • Either you don’t have children or you think this will never happen to you and yours. I hope for your sake it never does. Getting rid of these “people” would actually reduce prison population and, if they didn’t spend years and years on death row, taxpayer money could be funneled to something more useful–most people on death row are there for quiet a long time before actually being put to death–because of the potential for being exonerated. It’s funny that your argument started with “because killing one innocent person is too many”…yet you think that someone who raped, beat, and murdered an innocent three year old should sit pretty for the rest of his life in prison because of the less than 1% chance of people being wrongly euthanized? What is your solution? I’m genuinely curious.

    • Thanks for bringing your ignorant political views into news about a child being raped Bill. Clearly you care more about hating your neighbors than you do about punishing the individual who did this. Get some help, Bill.

      • Terry, your right, and sorry for not being real clear.. this piece of shit should be given a death injection as soon as possible.

        My second point still stands, liberals have ruined this state, and continue to over-regulate and over-analyze all aspects of our lives. More government is not good in my book.

        My taxes should not be used to keep this vermon alive any longer than possible, but liberals in charge of this state for way too long continue to squeeze my paycheck for just that purpose!

    • When you say he should be put down like a dog, I think that would be way to good for this POS. [edit]
      And for you JK ~ Killing these types is the only way to deal with them. There is NOTHING that can fix them and why should hard working American’s pay to keep pieces of shit like this asshat alive for 50 years?? Pull your head out of your ass for God Sake.

      • “illing these types is the only way to deal with them. There is NOTHING that can fix them ”

        The US Dept. of Justice does not agree with your statement.

        “Most sex offenders reoffend.”

        Reconviction data suggest that this is not the case. Further, reoffense rates vary among different types of sex offenders and are related to specific characteristics of the offender and the offense.

        Persons who commit sex offenses are not a homogeneous group, but instead fall into several different categories. As a result, research has identified significant differences in reoffense patterns from one category to another. Looking at reconviction rates alone, one large-scale analysis (Hanson and Bussiere, 1998) reported the following differences:

        child molesters had a 13% reconviction rate for sexual offenses and a 37% reconviction rate for new, non-sex offenses over a five year period; and
        rapists had a 19% reconviction rate for sexual offenses and a 46% reconviction rate for new, non-sexual offenses over a five year period.”

        • From an organization whose goal is to stop child abuse.

          “Sex offender treatment is different than other therapies for adults. Sex offender treatment is a serious and encouraging process which focuses on learning specialized strategies for stopping abusive behavior, being accountable and taking responsibility for harm done. For the vast majority of those adults and juveniles who have committed a sexual offense, treatment significantly reduces the future risk of sexually abusing a child. Treatment does not offer amnesty or excuse abusive acts, nor is it intended to punish or humiliate participants.”

          “Stop It Now! was founded by Fran Henry, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who learned first hand that standard approaches to keeping children safe from child sexual abuse at that time did not respond to the complex relationships surrounding most abuse.

          Her vision? To have the sexual abuse of children recognized as a preventable public health problem, to make helping adults take responsibility to prevent and stop sexual abuse of children a main focus of prevention, and to create effective programs based on these principles. She created Stop It Now! over 20 years ago to prevent the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.”

  • “May the perp…be raped him/ her self.”

    Are you willing to admister this penalty yourself?

    • Word travels fast in prison. When this guy’s crime is known, odds are excellent that his fellow inmates will take on the administration of that penalty. It works like that.

      • I agree af. I always try to read kyms page. I used to live in Myers Flat area for 10 yrs. My boys were born at Garberville Hospital. Anywho, my reason for this reply from u is that …. this is the first time u have not added. af after you post. this sistuation sucks and yes the guys will take care of this man. just sayin. af

      • I certainly understand the strong desire of so many people for vengeance as a path to closure and peace for the survivor families—that’s a belief that crosses the line between conservative and liberal in this state if you read the surveys.

        Reprisal killing of child rapists, child molesters, and sex offenders inside prisons happens in the general prison population, not on Death Row. Sex offenders in California prisons are murdered at twice the average rate as other states, so the old California liberal malarkey doesn’t hold true in our prisons.

        Things are very different on Death Row where the condemned are strictly segregated from the general inmate population, housed in single occupancy cells with limited movement, with private TVs to keep them pacified, their own food service, and their own private law library. Had we voted for LWOP they would lose those privileges and all but the most dangerous would be mixed with the general inmate population, and in some cases would be working at something useful until the day they died, be it from old age, suicide, illness, or at the hands of another inmate.

        • Darn. Are these types of Monsters segregated from the general prison population immediately upon judgment? Are they never exposed to the general population? I was so hoping…. But have to stop my comment now, lest Editor considers it off-limits. (No af)

      • Often true, however wishing rape on anyone – innocent or guilty – is not cool.
        There’s no justice in that, just more hatred and ugliness, plus it complicitly condones rape.

        Seems a good time to look at one’s own heart when wishing ill will on someone that’s wronged another/others, particularly severely ill will. Those feelings can be contagious.

  • What ever happened to the firing squad, Bullets are cheap. For that matter hanging, ropes are reusable.

    • It’s still a secondary option in Utah and Oklahoma if the drugs aren’t available. Last firing squad was 2010 in Utah. Five bullets were used with one being a dud, four penetrated his heart.

  • I’m glad the witness cooperated for the family . Fry his fuckin ass to hell

  • Hang him high seems appropriate.

  • How many of the sexually deviant pedophile Roman Catholic priests have we executed so far? We should start with executions that would be the most beneficial to society.

  • More than likely, the prison guards will let their “guard down” at the right moment when the timing is just right. My belief, he can’t be rehabilitated and he committed the most heinous crime by hurting an innocent, defenseless child.

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