August 2022 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  August 11, 2022

District Attorney Gascón Announces Murder Charges in Deadly Windsor Hills Crash


A Texas woman has been charged with six counts of murder in a deadly multi-car crash in Windsor Hills. 

Nicole Linton, 37, of Houston, also was charged with five counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

“Today, we begin the process of holding accountable the person responsible for the deaths of six people, including a pregnant woman,” District Attorney Gascón said at an Aug. 8 news conference. “I want to thank the prosecutors and the investigating officers at the California Highway Patrol for their work on this case.”

“While the wreckage of this fiery crash at this intersection was removed and traffic eventually resumed, there is catastrophic damage to the families and friends of those killed and injured,” he said. “It is not only a tremendous loss to the families but our entire community who learned of this incredible tragedy or have watched the now viral video of the collision.”

Read more about the case here.

Watch the LADA news conference in English and Spanish.

District Attorney Gascón Announces Charges in Murder of Off-Duty Monterey Park Police Officer


LADA has filed murder charges against Carlos Daniel Delcid for the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Monterey Park Police Officer Gardiel Solorio killed while off-duty.

Delcid was charged with one count each of murder, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon with the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed during a robbery.

“Gardiel was a rising star who took pride in serving one of our communities when he was tragically murdered,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Senseless gun violence has once again taken someone who pledged to protect others.

My office stands with the Downey and Monterey Park police departments and the rest of law enforcement in Los Angeles County to support Gardiel’s family and friends during this time of mourning and grieving.”

Read the news release here, and watch the news conference in English here, and Spanish here.

Summer Volunteers Make a Splash


District Attorney George Gascón and Chief of Staff Joseph Iniguez hosted LADA's summer volunteers at a virtual appreciation event to personally thank them for their contributions and hear about their experiences and favorite moments from the last few months.

This summer, 148 law school students and 154 college and high school students from throughout the nation and world, including Australia and China, volunteered their time to working alongside prosecutors, investigators and support staff throughout the office.

Thank you for your dedication and hard work!

Watch summer volunteers Tatiana Duckworth, Felicia Forman and Leo Ortega share their experiences working at LADA.

If you are interested in volunteering at LADA, visit

District Attorney Gascón Announces the Indictment of a Sheriff's Deputy for Sexual Assault of Four Girls


An indictment has been unsealed charging a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy with sexually assaulting four girls between the ages of 7 and 13 at the time of the alleged crimes.

A grand jury returned an indictment against Sean Essex, 51, for 18 counts of oral copulation of a child, 12 counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 and one count of possession of material depicting a child sex act. He is facing 14 25-to-life counts and 18 15-to-life counts.

“Sexually assaulting a child not only robs them of their innocence but also leaves lasting mental trauma,” District Attorney Gascón said. “This is one of the most egregious crimes my office encounters and it is made worse when the crime is committed by someone who has been entrusted to protect them and our community from harm.”

Read the press release here.


District Attorney Gascón successfully sought the resentencing of Miguel Vargas, who was ordered to spend 39 years in prison after Long Beach Police Officer Dedier Reyes alleged that Vargas assaulted him with a firearm in 2011. Officer Reyes is currently facing charges of perjury and falsifying a police report in another case. Read the press release and the Long Beach Press-Telegram story here.

Combating Hate


LADA filed 86% of the hate crime cases presented by law enforcement agencies last year, far above the statewide average of 54%, District Attorney George Gascón wrote in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily News.

In addition, LADA secured convictions in 15 out of the 17 hate crime cases closed in 2021.

“Hate crimes have spiked across the country in recent years and we remain steadfast in ensuring that we hold these violent individuals accountable while working to prevent such violence from happening in the future,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Targeting someone because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation is unconscionable.”

In one of the most recent hate crimes filed, a 29-year-old man was charged with the hate-motivated killing of Ryan Bush, 48, an unhoused individual allegedly targeted based on the presumption of his gender identity and sexual orientation.

Chief of Staff Joseph Iniguez participated in a Los Angeles Police Department news conference promising accountability for harms caused by hate crimes and announcing the prosecution of Eric Sanchez, the man charged with killing Mr. Bush.

To learn more, read the District Attorney George Gascón’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Daily News and the news release on the Sanchez case.

New LADA-Supported Laws Address Gun Violence

We commend Governor Gavin Newsom for signing several important bills to protect Californians from gun violence, including these four bills supported by LADA:

  • AB 1842 bars licensed firearms dealers from charging a restocking fee or other return-related fees of more than 5 percent of the purchase price if the buyer cancels a purchase during the 10-day background check waiting period. Research shows waiting periods help reduce firearm deaths, including suicides.

  • AB 2156 reduces the number of guns a person may manufacture without a license and prohibits the use of a three-dimensional printer to manufacture any firearm without a license.

  • AB 2239 forbids individuals convicted of child abuse or elder abuse from possessing a firearm for 10 years.

  • SB 915 prohibits the sale of firearms, ammunition and firearm precursor parts from sale on state property.

Victim Services


LADA is ready to assist victims the moment a crime is committed, while the case is in court and after it ends. Click here to watch Bureau of Victim Services Director Tanishia Wright discuss the services offered by the Bureau. To request Victim Services, dial: (800) 380-3811.

Bureau of Investigation


Chief Robert Arcos and members of his Command Staff welcomed Investigator Justin Edwards, center, to the Bureau of Investigation.


Chief Arcos joined Law Enforcement Liaison Tony Miranda and other law enforcement agencies in promoting the Pink Patch Project, which raises money for breast cancer research.

Follow the Bureau of Investigation on Twitter and Instagram.

The Bureau of Investigation is Hiring


Watch this recruitment video to learn how to apply.

D.A., Probation Commission Chair
Meet to Discuss Reform


Franky Carrillo, chairperson of the Los Angeles County Probation Oversight Commission, and LADA Director Diana Teran met with District Attorney George Gascón for coffee at Café Tropical in Silver Lake. Carrillo was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 20 years in prison before being exonerated in 2011.



Significant Cases


The District Attorney’s Office also filed criminal charges in other major cases of interest to the public, including:


Listen to DA Gascón talk with Politico’s Ryan Lizza

Watch Spectrum’s Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen with DA Gascón

Youth Diversion Programs In LA And SF Offer Kids Accused Of Serious Crimes A Chance To Make Things Right