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Crime Q&A

Whatever happened in the case of Tyrone Michael Dwyer? On April 12, 2011, he was in court for allegedly sexually assaulting an unconscious client at Fountain of Health spa. He was also accused/charged with possessing obscene material and child pornography on his computer. What is the disposition of this case and what was his sentence?

– Marsha, Sacramento

Tyrone Michael Dwyer, 58, pleaded no contest to rape of an unconscious person and possession of obscene material depicting a minor engaged in sex acts.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, he was sentenced in August 2011 to six years in state prison. He is incarcerated at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla.

Dwyer was arrested in April 2011 by authorities with the state Department of Justice. According to stories in The Bee, the department began its inquiry into Dwyer’s activities when a special agent investigating the digital distribution of child pornography found a particular Internet Protocol address had downloaded suspected child pornography 64 times in almost six weeks. The agent traced the IP address to Dwyer’s address, and authorities searched Dwyer’s home and the Fountain of Health spa on T Street in Sacramento.

Dwyer’s wife owned the spa, and Dwyer worked there as a colonic hydrotherapist.

As agents searched Dwyer’s computers for evidence, they found still pictures and video of a man sexually assaulting a woman at the health spa and later identified the man as Dwyer.

Whatever happened in the case where Terry Mitchell was accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend during an argument in south Sacramento?

– Shynesse, Carmichael

A Sacramento County jury convicted Terry Mitchell of voluntary manslaughter in the July 2005 stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend, 45-year-old Beverly Smith.

He was sentenced in September 2007 to 12 years in state prison, according to Superior Court online records. Now 59 years old, Mitchell is at California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville.

According to stories in The Bee, Sacramento police received a 911 call about 9:40 a.m. July 3, 2005, from a woman screaming that a man had stabbed Smith in their house in the 7700 block of Billings Way in the Meadowview area. Smith was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center, where she died.

Mitchell turned himself in at the Sacramento County jail later that day.

Police said the stabbing was an act of domestic violence. Smith reportedly was kicking Mitchell out of the house because she thought he was a bad influence on her son.

What’s the status of the trio arrested and arraigned on charges related to the United Auburn Indian Community construction fraud?

– CC, Rocklin

Bart Wayne Volen, Gregory Scott Baker and Darrell Patrick Hinz are awaiting trial in federal court in Sacramento, accused of stealing more than $18 million from the United Auburn Indian Community, which owns the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln.

According to online court records, all have pleaded not guilty and their next court date, for a status conference, is Dec. 5.

In August 2012, the three men were charged with conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering as part of a scheme to defraud the United Auburn Indian Community. Charges of filing false tax returns were added in April.

According to the federal grand jury indictment, Volen, a general contractor and developer who lives in San Diego and Hawaii, was hired to finish construction of a school, community center and administrative offices on property owned by the United Auburn Indian Community on Indian Hill Road in Auburn. He allegedly submitted false and inflated invoices, supported with inflated cost proposals from his general contractor’s company, SPB, and at times, inflated invoices from various subcontractors.

Baker, of Newcastle, and Hinz, of Cameron Park, were United Auburn Indian Community employees. Baker was the tribal administrator, whose duties included overseeing the Indian Hill office project. Hinz was a contract employee hired to manage quality control and construction at the project site.

The indictment alleges that Baker and Hinz engaged in conduct to ensure that the tribal council would pay for the inflated and fraudulent invoices that Volen submitted. Both allegedly were paid by Volen for their participation in the scheme.

What happened to Elpidio Tellez, accused of shooting Jesse James Nunez in November 2012 at the Monte Carlo Club?

– Linda, Elk Grove

Elpidio Tellez is scheduled for trial Thursday in the shooting death of 36-year-old Jesse James Nunez, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

Nunez was found at 15th and S streets about 8:41 p.m. Nov. 7 after a Sacramento Police Department patrol sergeant heard several gunshots. According to accounts in The Bee, a witness reported that a shooting had just occurred and people were seen scattering from the area.

Nunez suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Tellez, 36, was arrested just south of the area where the shooting occurred. He was initially taken into custody on warrants and later arrested in connection with Nunez’s death. He is in Sacramento County jail and charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and buying or receiving stolen property.

– Cathy Locke