Press Release: People v. Ragan, Daniel Phillip, 10/14/09
October 14, 2009
Bradford R. Fenocchio
PLACER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240
Roseville, California 95678
For Immediate Release
Date: October 14, 2009
Public Information Officer
Assistant District Attorney
MAN WITH THIRD STRIKE IS SENT TO STATE PRISON FOR 181 YEARS
A 38-year-old Roseville man who was convicted of a third felony strike by a jury was sentenced today by a Placer County judge to 181 years to life in state prison.
Daniel Phillip Ragan was unable to persuade Superior Court Judge Charles Wachob to dismiss previous strikes and to grant him probation or a lesser prison sentence.
A jury found Ragan guilty on August 11 of 13 charges that included a variety of drug counts and the illegal possession of weapons.
In denying Ragan’s request for leniency, Wachob, who also imposed fines and restitution of more than $10,000, noted the defendant’s lengthy criminal history and his ongoing recidivism.
Placer County Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Macumber was pleased with the judge’s decision.
“The sentence for this defendant is a just one,” she said. “Mr. Ragan is definitely the kind of recidivist offender for whom the three-strike law was created. Society needs to be protected against him for as long as possible.”
The jury convicted Ragan on eight felony counts, each of which carried a potential maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
The jury also found that two special allegations that Ragan committed a felony while out on bail were true, and the defendant admitted that he had two prior strikes and had served two prior prison terms.
His previous prison sentences were for voluntary manslaughter with use of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and attempted car burglary.
Ragan’s more recent troubles began on August 1, 2007, when he was arrested for possession of drugs.
Later that month while out on bail, Ragan was rearrested after law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant and found drugs and weapons in his home.
After meeting bail again, Ragan was arrested during a traffic stop on September 14, 2007. Officers said he was driving under the influence of drugs and that drugs were found in the vehicle. On his belt, Ragan was wearing brass knuckles, which are an illegal weapon, Macumber said.
The jury deliberated three days in a two-week trial before returning the guilty verdicts on charges that included possession and transportation of drugs, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of metal knuckles and maintaining a place where drugs were being used.