Sonora, California –– Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg announced today that Tuolumne County resident Scott Warren Anderson was sentenced to 20 years at 8 months in State Prison on Monday, May 22, 2017 by the Honorable Judge Donald Segerstrom. Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Novelli prosecuted the case for the People. The sentence encompassed five separate cases, and included pleas for eight felonies and two misdemeanor charges: four counts of identity theft, three counts of inflicting injury on a spouse, vandalism, disobeying a court order, and possession of methamphetamine.
From January to February of 2015, the defendant forged and passed stolen checks in the amount of over $2300. On August 3, 2016, the defendant assaulted his wife at Woods Creek Park by striking her causing injury to her face in violation of a protective order that had been previously issued protecting the victim from the defendant. When Sonora Police Department arrived, the defendant became combative and struck the patrol car multiple times, causing damage of over $700. On October 27, 2016, while out on bail, the defendant again assaulted his wife. In an attempt to get him out of the house, the victim was driving the defendant to another location when he became upset, struck and bit her, causing injury. On December 1, 2016, the defendant went to his wife’s residence in an attempt to retrieve his items. When she told him he could not stay there, he grabbed her by the throat and began to strangle her, causing the victim to lose consciousness. He then struck her in the face, causing a laceration to her lip that required sutures. The defendant fled the scene before law enforcement arrived; however, on December 9, 2016, he was apprehended and had methamphetamine on his person. The defendant admitted to personally inflicting great bodily injury on the victim, making that crime a “violent” felony pursuant to Penal Code section 667.5(c). The defendant also admitted to committing a crime while out on bail, a prior term in prison, and a prior strike which enhanced his overall sentence. Further, because he was convicted of a “violent” offense, he should serve 85% of the 20 years and 8 month sentence, as the California Legislature grants 15% conduct credit for “violent” offenders.
The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank law enforcement officers from the Sonora Police Department for their hard work and dedication to solving these crimes, the Victim Witness advocates who aided the victim through the court process, the victim, and the civilians who contacted law enforcement when they saw the abuses that were occurring.
For more information contact:
Stephanie Novelli-Deputy District Attorney, 209-588-5450