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Manhunt subject gets four years

A man who was the object of a citywide manhunt in May pleaded no contest to three charges and was sentenced last month to four years in prison.

According to a spokesperson for the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, James Craig Rivas, 37, pled “no contest” to charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle and obstructing or resisting arrest. Rivas has numerous other charges, including burglary, vehicle theft and obstructing an executive officer, that were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Rivas’ cohort in crime, 33-year-old Marissa Serafino, of Oakland, is scheduled for a jury trial starting Feb. 21. Serafino is facing charges of felony evading arrest, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, felony burglary, felony vehicle theft, weapons charges and felony possession of stolen property.

The pair were arrested May 1, after a high-speed chase and a massive four-hour manhunt around the Sonoma Plaza and the northeast side of Sonoma.

The manhunt, which eventually involved more than 30 Sheriff’s units and the California Highway Patrol, started around 10:20 a.m. that day when a resident in the 200 block of Temelec Circle reported that she saw a man breaking into her car. She also saw that the man was with a woman in a nearby vehicle and gave the Sheriff’s Office a description of the vehicle and a partial license plate.


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