Category Archives:San Bernardino County Criminal Defense


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San Bernardino Councilmen Pleads Guilty to Perjury, Another Investigated On Stalking Charges

Two San Bernardino city councilmen are under investigation in two separate cases. One of the men pleaded guilty and resigned Thursday, October 17.


Councilman Chas Kelley pleaded guilty to felony perjury for lying about misusing campaign funds. According to the complaint, Kelley knowingly submitting false information related to campaign contributions he received from July 2006 to June 2012. The investigation into Kelly began in October 2011 after an anonymous person came forward. The allegations come in the midst of the city’s ongoing bankruptcy crisis.


In court, Kelly said, “On numerous occasions, I committed perjury by falsely stating as true the amount money I was depositing and withdrawing from my Friends of Chas Kelley account.”


Kelley, who pleaded guilty, has struck a plea deal with San Bernardino County prosecutors. Under the terms of a plea deal, Kelley will be placed on probation for five years and will serve 90 days in county jail. He also resigned his seat and will no longer run for mayor. Kelley will also be ineligible to hold any public office as a result of his conviction.





Unrelated to Kelley’s investigation, San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins was charged by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office with 30 counts in a case involving identity theft and stalking charges.


Jenkins is accused of placing online sex ads using his ex-boyfriend’s information and directing those who responded to the ads to his ex’s address and that of another man. According to an arrest declaration, Jenkins allegedly forged police documents in an attempt to make it seem he was also a victim in the online scheme.


Jenkins represents the second ward in the city. He was in court Thursday, October  17, where he posted $25,000 bond. He is due back in court on Dec. 17.




A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 

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Toddler Mauled, Uncle Pleads Not Guilty to Child Endangerment

A grandmother and her son are behind bars on Tuesday for felony child endangerment in the death of 2-year-old Samuel “Eli” Zamudio. Eli was at his grandmother’s house, in Colton, being watched by his uncle, Marco Zamudio, on September 23, 2013 when he climbed out of the window and was fatally attacked by his grandmother’s pit bull.
Samuel’s grandmother, Eustulia Zamudio, 42, and his uncle, Marco Zamudio, 23, were booked Tuesday morning on suspicion of child endangerment leading to death. The San Bernardino County District Attorney dropped charges against Eustulia on Wednesday because she was not home at the time of the mauling. Marco Zamudio pleaded not guilty to child cruelty charges Wednesday.

Samuel was attacked when he leaned out a window of the home and was then dragged across the backyard. His grandmother, who owns the home, discovered him later. Marco was at the home with Samuel and was in charge of watching over him, prosecutors contend.

Family members believe the death was merely an unfortunate accident, claiming that Marco fell asleep after working all night. The search for Samuel began around 5 p.m. on September 23. It ended about 30 minutes later Samuel’s grandmother found Samuel’s body with bite wounds to his head and neck in the family’s backyard.

Animal Control officers took custody of five pit bull mixes at the scene of the attack. It was not immediately clear how many of the dogs were involved.

California Penal Code 273a PC punished acts of child endangerment. In California, a child endangerment conviction does not require that any child suffer an actual injury. Therefore, it is easy for innocent people to face prosecution under California child endangerment laws. 


A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.


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