District Attorney

Dave Stevenson

(530) 303-2411


District Attorney Vern Pierson announces the conviction of Matthew Gray Evans for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Petty Theft after he was found guilty by a South Lake Tahoe jury on Tuesday October 4, 2016.  The jury comprised of eight men and four women, heard evidence and argument over the course of four days.

On May 24, 2016 the defendant entered the Safeway gas station on Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe and physically confronted the clerk before leaving with a few stolen items. An hour later, the defendant was found at a local community college yelling profanities and was confronted by campus security.  The defendant continued to shout profanities and threats, threw rocks, and eventually pulled out a knife with an eight inch blade, threatening the campus security officers. 

The defendant now faces up to four years in state prison. He will be sentenced on November 11, 2016.  District Attorney Vern Pierson stated, “Criminals who use deadly weapons while committing their crimes are among the most dangerous to the citizens of El Dorado County and to the law enforcement and security officials who must confront them. We are committed to insuring the aggressive investigation and prosecution of weapons cases and to holding all perpetrators of these crimes accountable."