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Michela Wooldridge's Murderer sentenced 25 years to life

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Michela Wooldridge's Murderer sentenced 25 years to life

I don't normally post crime and conviction reports - but Michela Wooldridge is a prime example of why Sonoma County needs to find solutions to our growing Homeless population - especially for those suffering mental illness. Her murder inspired activists to establish Camp Michela in an effort to create a secure, organized camp for vulnerable people. Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) has become part of that particular solution and is learning ways in which help and security can change peoples’ lives so that they can rise out of homelessness. There were numerous victims in this crime, including the life of 23-year-old Jessy Zetino, who will spend his prime years behind bars. 


District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Jessy Zetino, 23-years-old of Santa Rosa was sentenced Monday by the Honorable Judge Rene Chouteau to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of Michela Wooldridge.  The defendant was found guilty by a jury of first degree murder, Penal Code section 187(a), in November of 2015.  The jury also found the defendant used a deadly weapon during the course of the murder adding an additional year to his sentence under Penal Code section 12022(b)(1). 

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “At a time of increased scrutiny on Sonoma County’s homeless population, this case illustrates the potential dangers faced by this vulnerable group.  The defendant will now rightfully serve perhaps decades behind bars, but that will never return Ms. Wooldridge to her family who has forever lost a daughter, a sister, and a mother.”

The charges resulted from the Halloween stabbing death of Michela Wooldridge who was a 24-year-old homeless woman suffering from mental health issues and drug use who had grown up in Cloverdale.  Ms. Wooldridge leaves behind her mother and father, a brother, and her now 6-year-old son.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jane Murray and Sharmalee Rajakumaran, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Tim Dempsey.  Sergeant Brian Boettger of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.