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‘Amber Alert’ followup

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 7, 2011 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

More information is available on a West Sacramento domestic violence incident that led to a state-wide “Amber Alert” last night. Police were concerned about the safety of three young children after their father took them away.

The alert – along with names and photos of the suspect and the kids – was distributed widely on media websites and on the airwaves yesterday. The incident ended peacefully last night, with the man in jail and the children reunited with their mother.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department said the trouble began with a domestic violence incident at the home of Dmitriy V. Gerasimov and his family on the 600-block of Cummins Way.

Dmitriy Gerasimov

“The husband and wife got into a fight on Saturday, and she sustained moderate injuries,” said Sockman. “Then he threw their 1 ½ year old boy across the room, and (the toddler)  sustained moderate injuries. Then (Dmitriy Gerasimov) drove to their grandmother and grandfather’s house in Citrus Heights, and he took the other three children. There are no special custody rights – he had parental rights at that point. He picks up the three kids and leaves.”

[adrotate group=”7″] The children included boys age seven and two, as well as a four-year old girl.

Police talked to the family and a felony warrant was issued for Gerasimov, age 30, on domestic violence charges. They also obtained an emergency protective order.

Investigators tried to reach him.

“He wouldn’t return our calls and wouldn’t come forward,” said Sockman. “He was apparently driving around, and had been in contact with relatives, but hadn’t gone to their houses. Then, (Monday), he called his wife and said, ‘listen, if you don’t take me back, I have access to a plane, and I will put the children on a plane and you’ll never see them again.’ That hit the threshold of ‘parental abduction.’”

Police then tracked Gerasimov’s cell phone – and it showed him as being in El Dorado County. Investigators were concerned that the man could become violent against the kids.

“The sheriff’s department in El Dorado put every available man on it. They made contact with him at the In & Out burger place on Forni Road, and took him into custody without incident, at around 9:50 p.m. (Monday).”

“The kids are okay, we brought them back,” said Sockman.

Gerasimov is in jail facing domestic violence and child endangerment charges.

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News-Ledger Police Log:

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 30, 2011 —

  The ‘Police Log’ appears weekly in the News-Ledger. From time to time, we post it here as well.

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

Nov. 22, 12:03 a.m.
The Coast Guard reported it had been told of an overturned boat in the port turning basin. For the moment, this was “information only” for the W.S.P.D.

Nov. 22, 4:14 a.m.
A nearby resident complained that workers at a gas station on the 1000-block of Jefferson Blvd. were using a loud leaf blower again during the early hours of the morning – an ongoing problem.

[adrotate group=”10″] Nov. 22, 7:13 p.m.
A citizen who was legally blind said that he or she could see that there were flames in a grassy area behind a Glide Avenue building.

Nov. 22, 7:46 p.m.
A woman report that when she returned to her parked Acura in a Lake Washington Boulevard store parking lot, she found that somebody had broken off its mirrors and “keyed” it (scraped it with a key or other metal object).

Nov. 23, 6:53 a.m.
A gold 1993 Accord was reported stolen from an apartment complex on Valley Oak Lane.

Nov. 23, 7:35 a.m.
Somebody cut the soft top of a convertible and made off only with some spare change from inside. The incident happened on Madrone Avenue.

Nov. 23, 12 p.m.
A Silverwood Road residence reported that an oven had just exploded – its top blew off, gas was leaking, and there were smoke and flames. The home was evacuated.

Nov. 23, 12:12 p.m.
A “very frustrated” resident reported that there was a man who looked homeless outside, going through the resident’s recycling bin. This was an ongoing problem on Goldeneye Court, and the resident wanted to know how to get it to stop.

Nov. 23, 12:32 p.m.
A man said that a clerk at a market on the 800-block of Harbor had first threatened him with a baseball bat, then punched him and chipped his tooth.

Nov. 23, 12:46 p.m.
A woman said her ex sister-in-law had used her address to buy and register a car. Now, the local woman was “getting repo men at her door.” She asked for police advice.

Nov. 23, 3:57 p.m.
A Soule Street business man reported that $8,500 in cash was missing – and he was not sure if it had been stolen, or if he had lost a bank deposit bag on the way to a bank. Later, he refined his report by saying that $7,542 was believed stolen.

Nov. 23, 5:24 p.m.
A Harbor Boulevard credit union reported that a male customer had commented that he “had a gun on him.” The comment was believed to be a joke, but the establishment wished to document it.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Nov. 23, 7 p.m.
A bank on the 1600-block of West Capitol reported that a woman came to the branch with somebody else’s ID and was trying to find out another person’s account information.

Nov. 23, 8:29 p.m.
A Ford Escape was discovered burglarized on Mare Island Court. The thief took “the entire center console” along with spare change and sunglasses.

Nov. 23, 9:01 p.m.
A “cooperative” shoplifting suspect was being detained at a Riverpoint Court store after trying to boost some socks, an iPhone and some cell phone accessories.

Nov. 23, 9:30 p.m.
A citizen reported hearing gunshots near Buckeye Drive. Soon after, another report came regarding shots heard near Poplar Avenue.

Nov. 23, 10:31 p.m.
A man reported he had been bowling at a West Capitol alley, and when he reached for his car keys, they were gone. He went outside to find the car – a 1999 Crown Victoria – gone as well.

Nov. 24, 9:17 a.m.
A vehicle burglary was reported near Village Parkway and Bear River Road. Somebody made off with an estimated $5,000 worth of tools.

Nov. 24, 9:31 a.m.
A woman at a motel on the 1200-block of West Capitol reported an ongoing problem with a male tenant “peeping” into her room. The man “becomes belligerent” when asked to leave.

Nov. 24, 11:36 a.m.
A California Street man reported that he suspected his girlfriend of steeling his Honda sedan.

Nov. 24, 8:07 a.m.
The CHP transferred an emergency call made by cell phone: a dispatcher could hear a man screaming at the woman who was calling, and threatening to hit her. The woman didn’t know her exact address, but records point to an address in the city’s north.

Nov. 24, 8:08 p.m.
A witness saw a vehicle hit the median near Village Parkway and Stonegate Drive. The car’s airbags deployed. A man got out. It was unclear if he was injured.

Nov. 24, 6:15 a.m.
A West Sacramento man said a 32-year old male suspect had robbed him at gunpoint and then fled from the site at a Halyard Drive motel.

Nov. 25, 6:40 a.m.
A vehicle was found burglarized on Meadowlark Circle. Gone were a laptop, GPS and cell phone.

Nov. 25, 10:41 a.m.
A man and woman were reported to be in a physical fight in the street on Devon Avenue.

Nov. 25, 10:45 a.m.
Near Alvin and Andrew streets, an “extremely” intoxicated homeless man was reported to be in the middle of the street, refusing to move.

Nov. 25, 12:49 p.m.
Somebody cut the fence near a Ramco Street business. It was unclear if anything had been taken from inside.

Nov. 25, 3:18 p.m.
“A jeep with a mattress under it” was reported to be afire on eastbound 80 near Reed Avenue.

Nov. 25, 7:02 p.m.
A citizen at the police department reported that her kids’ father did not show up there on time for a custody exchange, and is not answering his phone. The woman had to leave, and wanted to record the failed exchange.

Nov. 25, 10:48 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court retailer reported that a man in a sweater and jeans had just ran out with two GPS units worth $100 each. The suspect was now in front of a nearby fast food restaurant.

Nov. 25, 6:30 a.m.
A Suisun City man reported the burglary of a locked car that had been parked on Meadowlark Circle. Gone was property worth an estimated $2,900.

Nov. 25, 5:08 a.m.
A burglar broke the rear windshield of a car on Trinidad Road and made off with a laptop computer bag containing confidential information from the victim’s workplace. A suspect vehicle was spotted, though: it was a silver 2000 two-door Honda Civic, with a spoiler.

Nov. 25, 1:26 a.m.
Police received a report of a drunk driver. An officer got behind the suspect vehicle and noted that it was “unable to maintain a lane” near Harbor and Beacon. The officer pulled over the 46-year old Southport woman driving it. She was found intoxicated, and arrested.

Nov. 26, 1:23 a.m.
A “freshly broken window” was reported on a car parked on Haiti Road.

Nov. 26, 1:37 a.m.
Two brothers – one drunk – were in a dispute on Meadow Road. The intoxicated brother was “acting out and throwing things.”

Nov. 26, 3:01 a.m.
A woman at a 7th Street apartment reported that someone just shot a hole in her window with a BB gun. She looked for the suspect, but saw no one.

Nov. 26, 2:55 a.m.
An “uncooperative” female shoplifting suspect was detained in the office of a Riverpoint Court store after trying to make off with $200 worth of goods.

Nov. 26, 9:57 a.m.
The battery was stolen from a vehicle on Ramco Street earlier in the week. There was possible evidence on surveillance tapes.

Nov. 26, 11:09 a.m.
A caller reported that an ex-spouse did not show up for a child custody exchange at the police lobby at 11 a.m.

Nov. 26, 12:26 p.m.
A man called from a Lake Washington Boulevard store to say that someone had stolen his backpack (with a camera and cell phone) an hour earlier at an Evergreen skatepark. The cell phone had a GPS feature, and he was currently tracking its location in Sacramento.

Nov. 26, 3:53 p.m.
A boat trailer was reported to have been stolen “a few days ago” from Renee Court.

Nov. 26, 4:33 p.m.
Five boys were reported to be setting off fireworks in Linden Park.

Nov. 26, 4:43 p.m.
A man said somebody just stole his dog  from his May Street home. He had some second-hand information about the theft from some kids playing nearby.

Nov. 26, 5:39 p.m.
Extra police patrols were requested near a home on Myrtle Street that had been sealed by the county coroner. (The News-Ledger contacted the coroner’s office, which said the location had been the elderly resident had died of natural causes).

Nov. 26, 7:04 p.m.
A caller reported that a grandmother’s 1999 Saturn had been stolen from Pecan Street.

Nov. 26, 11:19 p.m.
A woman report that she had recently been in the habit of walking home from her job  at a Sacramento motel, and she had been followed by someone in an SUV three different times. One such incident just occurred near C and 5th streets.

Nov. 27, 6:51 a.m.
A man in Southport was accused of domestic violence. He was no longer at the scene.

Nov. 27, 7:01 a.m.
A citizen reported that all the traffic lights were stuck on red at the Jefferson/West Capitol intersection.

Nov. 27, 7:03 a.m.
A Bonaire Road man reported finding the windows broken out on his vehicle – it was unknown if anything inside it had been taken.

Nov. 27, 7:56 a.m.
A witness said a black Mercedes was driving recklessly, with its flashers on, along Bridgeway Lakes Drive and Southport Parkway.

Nov. 27, 1:35 p.m.
A Franklyn Way parent said a son probably stole the parent’s car.

Nov. 27, 4:22 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store told police that three women suspected to be shoplifting were now “bagging up carts full of merchandise.” Store personnel had not yet confronted them.

Nov. 27, 9:14 p.m.
A Manchester Street resident told police that eight or ten people were in a nearby front yard, “yelling obscenities, drinking and causing a general disturbance in the neighborhood,” and the party had been going on all day.

Nov. 27, 9:49 p.m.
The same resident reported that after police visited the above party and left, the subjects “turned up the music louder, and with more bass.”

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Yolo D.A. & Sheriff ask state to handle pepper spray investigation

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NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – 2:54 p.m., Nov. 29, 2011 –

UC Davis police used pepper spray on a group of nonviolent protesters on Nov. 18, creating a controversy discussed around the world. This afternoon, the Yolo County District Attorney’s office released a copy of a letter bearing today’s date in which D.A. Jeff Reisig and Yolo Sheriff Ed Prieto ask California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to handle the investigation of the use of pepper spray.

Here’s the text of their message to Harris:

“After conducting a brief review of the issues surrounding the November 18, 2011, events on the campus of the University of California at Davis it is our conclusion that this is an incident that mandates the involvement of the Attorney General at the earliest of stages. While the traditional indicia requiring the Attorney General’s involvement, conflict or lack of resources, may not be present in this matter these events are not traditional in nature and call for an examination of events that have statewide ramifications. In the absence of such action it is our believe that the public’s confidence in the conclusions may be significantly undermined.

“While the issues involved occurred in Yolo County, they were also on a University of California campus, and the results of an examination into these event will impact all ten (10) University of California campuses. It has also become apparent that neither the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, nor the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office possess the resources necessary to conduct the ‘quick’ review that both you and the public are expecting. Furthermore, because the Yolo County legal and law enforcement communities are relatively small, there are multiple perceived and/or possible legal conflicts that are likely to arise and undermine the effectiveness of any findings.

“In light of the significant and statewide issues involved in these events we join in asking you to bring the full resources of the State of California to bear on these events so that the public will have full confidence in the outcome.”

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Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

The Police Log appears weekly, and exclusively, in the News-Ledger newspaper.

Oct. 22, 8:56 a.m.
A construction company employee saw somebody trying to steal recycled copper and steel from a South River Road establishment. The employee tried to block the gate with his vehicle – and the suspect nearly hit it escaping in a blue Chevy pickup. The worker then followed the suspect before losing him in Land Park.

Oct. 22, 9:19 a.m.
The catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle on Randolph Road.

Oct. 22, 9:31 a.m.
The “strong smell of sulfur” was reported at Bethel Way and Constitution Avenue.

[adrotate group=”7″] Oct. 22, 1:59 p.m.
On Riske Lane, a citizen chased off someone trying to steal construction materials. The suspect fled in a white Mazda hatchback.

Oct. 22, 3:52 p.m.
A drugstore reported that there was a woman in the store, slamming items and refusing to leave. She appeared to be under the influence. She was on a bike in the store.

Oct. 22, 7:35 p.m.
A Delaware Avenue resident told a dispatcher that a 38-year old daughter was visiting and refusing to leave. The daughter was now sleeping on the couch.

Oct. 22, 7:46 p.m.
A Southport resident advised a dispatcher that a son’s girlfriend frequently brings her dog to the home, although she had been told not to. The girlfriend had just left the dog in the son’s room, and the two of them were not home. Advice was requested.

Oct. 22, 8:13 p.m.
A woman claimed that three men held her at gunpoint at a Ramona Court location and took her wallet.

Oct. 22, 8:34 p.m.
A man on Water Street claimed a “neighbor had shot a handgun” at him, and he didn’t see it, but “heard it, and (the bullet) passed right by his head.”

Oct. 22, 9:37 p.m.
A caller from a Lisbon Avenue veterans’ hall said a male subject had just walked in and kicked over a $20,000 motorcycle, causing minor damage. The guy was now out front.

Oct. 23, 2:42 a.m.
A neighbor of Memorial Park on Regent Street said there were some kids in the park loitering and making banging noises. The neighbor “thinks they are messing with the (little league) snack bar.”

Oct. 23, 4:06 a.m.
A woman told a dispatcher that she had come here from New York and had been staying with her boyfriend on Evergreen. The two argued, and the man kicked her out. She requested help.

Oct. 23, 10:28 a.m.
A man claimed he had been visiting a Southport pumpkin patch and an individual on an ATV almost hit his wife. He also said that people there were using air-powered guns to shoot pumpkins, and almost hit him with one. Later, police received a complaint from the farm itself about a subject trespassing there.

Oct. 23, 7:21 p.m.
Illegal campfires were reported northwest of the Broderick boat ramp.

Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
A $3,200 custom bicycle was reported to have been stolen from in front of a Riverpoint Court store after someone cut its lock.

Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m.
Someone found a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun in a field south of Redwood. The gun was nonfunctional and missing some parts.

Oct. 24, 2:37 a.m.
A resident of Evergreen reported hearing a noise outside – then looking through a peephole of the door and finding that someone was just standing there. The visitor had not knocked.

Oct. 24, 2:54 a.m.
A single-vehicle traffic accident was reported on the 2100-block of Jefferson. A female driver appeared to have been injured, but was now outside her vehicle.

Oct. 24, 11:40 a.m.
A Hickory Street man said one of his motorcycles was missing and the other was hidden under a tarp at a neighbor’s.

Oct. 24, 6:16 p.m.
A caller reported extra patrol of the area near 900 Jefferson Blvd. There was an “ongoing problem with a transient defecating behind the business.”

Oct. 24, 7 a.m.
Someone was reported to be habitually cutting the fence along Westfield Village Elementary School and Michigan Avenue.

Oct. 25, 12:29 a.m.
A Michigan Blvd. apartment resident said that neighbors were “now playing instruments and banging on her walls.”

Oct. 25, 12:39 a.m.
A transient was tending a campfire about six feet from a Drever Street church building. The building didn’t appear to be immediately threatened.

Oct. 25, 1:23 p.m.
A credit union on Harbor Boulevard said there was a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a sleeping bag just sitting in the middle of the parking lot.

Oct. 25, 3:49 p.m.
A citizen complained that there were a couple of male subjects sitting in front of some apartments on the 800-block of Sacramento Avenue, “drinking and harassing passersby.” The witness had seen them throw a bottle at an elderly woman walking by.

Oct. 25, 4:46 p.m.
A residential burglary was reported on Oak Street. Gone were archery bows and a laptop computer. The place was ransacked. The point of entry appeared to be a kitchen window.

Oct. 25, 4:50 p.m.
A restaurant on Harbor Boulevard said there was a customer at the bar, possibly on drugs, who “states he has no money to pay for the food and drink he has consumed and (is) overall acting strangely.”

Oct. 25, 6:09 p.m.
A Fairway Drive resident said there was an ongoing problem with a neighbor woman throwing her garbage onto the caller’s yard. The caller now has videotaped evidence.

Oct. 26, 5:29 a.m.
Firefighters and police responded to a house fire on Evergreen.

Oct. 26, 8:17 a.m.
A male caller phoned 911 and reported “they’re breaking in” to his B Street apartment, but he “sounded confused and discontinued without providing further information.”

Oct. 26, 2:53 p.m.
A woman reported that she “saw someone walking down the street with her missing Chihuahua” near Lighthouse Drive and Fountain Drive. She asked to speak to an officer.

Oct. 26, 3:39 p.m.
A Westacre Road man reported that someone had kicked his fence, allowing his dog to escape.

Oct. 26, 6:34 p.m.
A witness said there were several people with possible rifles in the “Honda Hills” area near Jefferson and South River Road.

Oct. 26
A woman on Cascade Street said she had received a check for $1,490 from a survey company. She deposited it and later found out it was fraudulent.

Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.
A 22-year old West Capitol woman reported that someone had burglarized her vehicle while it was in a garage at her apartment complex.

Oct. 27, 8:20 a.m.
A Kauai Road vehicle was found burglarized. Gone were an employment ID badge, a wallet, credit cards and an iPod music player. Someone had already put several transactions on the stolen credit cards.

Oct. 27, 8:26 a.m.
A window was broken on a car parked on Ballena Bay Road. It was yet unknown what had been taken. A nearby car burglary was also reported; missing were a purse, camera and other items.

Oct. 27, 3:51 p.m.
A citizen reported that there was a woman going door to door on Water Street “looking for a public defender named Brenda.”

Oct. 27, 5:13 p.m.
A man at a B Street apartment said the place had been burglarized and “everything” had been taken. He believed he knew who did it.

[adrotate group=”9″] Oct. 27, 5:19 p.m.
A Nissan Xterra was burglarized during the past hour near 3rd and D streets. A passenger window was broken, and taken were a purse and cell phone.

Oct. 27, 4:26 p.m.
A 19-year old man was seen trying to shoplift $68 worth of goods from a Riverpoint Court store. He was detained by loss prevention employees. The police arrested him and gave him a notice to appear in court.

Oct. 28, 12:08 a.m.
A witness reported that a car went off the road along the Southport Parkway. Police responded. They found the vehicle unoccupied, but drove to the home of its registered owner on Venice Street, where they found the man walking towards the home. The man was “remorseful,” admitted driving after drinking, and reported that he had consumed two bowls of cereal and four or five 12-ounce Heineken beers. He was arrested.

Oct. 30, 5:10 p.m.
An officer saw a known parolee at large near Michigan and Maple. The 50-year old ran, but was caught after a short foot chase. He was arrested.

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78-year old sentenced in death


A 78-year old West Sacramento woman has been sentenced to a year in county jail plus $26,000 in restitution to the family of a woman she killed in a supermarket parking lot accident one morning in 2009.

Donna Marie McClure had been found guilty of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

[adrotate group=”10″]  According to Jonathan Raven, chief deputy district attorney for Yolo County, the accident occurred on the morning of Oct. 1, 2009, in front of the Raley’s store in West Sacramento. Victim Jewell Mattos walked out of the store and “was halfway through the crosswalk when (McClure) ran into her with her car.”

“Ms. McClure failed to stop until Ms. Mattos was carried 20 to 30 feet. Ms. Mattos suffered serious injuries and died the following day at U.C. Davis Medical Center.”

McClure “had more than adequate opportunity to brake,” and nothing obstructed her view as a driver, said the D.A.

But prosecutor Ryan Couzens argued that McClure had been grossly negligent because she had suffered “lapses in consciousness, judgment and attention caused by chronic alcoholism.” The warnings came from both McClure’s doctor and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

McClure was driving on a suspended license at the time of the accident – although in the car with her was a friend who was a licensed driver.

According to the D.A.’s office, McClure said she “had too much pride” to ask her friends to driver her.

As part of the sentence, McClure will also serve five years of felony probation.


Missing ‘at risk’ teen is found


A 14-year old “special needs” boy turned up in a Southport store Sunday evening, about four miles from the home he wandered away from earlier.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department said the boy, Byron Moore, was helping his father on the 500-block of Glide Avenue when he went missing late Sunday afternoon.

“He’s deaf and he wandered away from home. He and his dad were washing a motorcycle, and the father turned around and the kid was gone,” said Sockman.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Police initiated a call to the community, sending out automated messages to local phone numbers to alert residents of the missing, at-risk child. Police, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and a Sacramento law enforcement helicopter all joined in the search.

At about 7:30 p.m., a security guard at Target spotted the boy wandering unattended. The boy was returned home basically uninjured – although he did suffer a minor fall during his adventure, said Sockman.

Postal workers charged with stealing 300 iPhones

NEWS-LEDGER – OCT 5, 2011 –

Two workers at the U.S. Postal Service’s mail processing facility on Industrial Boulevard have been indicted for charges relating to the alleged theft of hundreds of AT&T iPhone cell phones.

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Sept. 22 that a federal grand jury returned a 61-count indictment today charging Saravy Yem, 27, of Stockton, and Angel Pantoja-Lopez, 27, of North Highlands, with conspiracy to steal mail and mail theft by postal service employees.

According to court documents, Yem and Pantoja-Lopez worked at the West Sacramento processing and distribution center, sorting and processing mail. The complaint alleges that Yem and Pantoja-Lopez would open parcels containing AT&T iPhones, hide the iPhones on their persons or clothing, and dispose of the empty parcels amid other USPS equipment.

[adrotate group=”9″]  According to court documents, investigators collected about 300 empty AT&T iPhone parcels at the West Sacramento facility.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Camil A. Skipper is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison for each theft, said U.S. Attorney Wagner, although many variables would be considered by the court.