District Attorney

Jamie Pesce

(530) 621-6472

Image of Adam James SanfordDistrict Attorney Vern Pierson announces the felony convictions of Adam James Sanford for two counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, four counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, as well as special allegations for use and discharge of a firearm and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a robbery.

The six men, six women jury heard testimony and evaluated evidence over three days.  During trial, the jury learned that on November 13, 2015, the Defendant approached two victims in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy in South Lake Tahoe, brandished both a gun and a knife, and threatened to shoot and stab the victims unless they gave him money. The Defendant took a wallet from one victim and fled to the Beach Retreat Hotel where he brandished a gun and knife, threatened, and demanded money from two additional victims at an art exhibit. The Defendant took money from one of the victims and then fired a round from his handgun into the air before fleeing the scene. The Defendant was subsequently apprehended by officers from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.  At the conclusion of the trial, the jury found the defendant guilty of all charges and special allegations.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Miles Perry, who has been a prosecutor for over four years and joined the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office in September, 2015.

District Attorney Vern Pierson commented, “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to aggressively and proactively investigate and prosecute defendants who choose to commit violent crime in our community.  I am proud of the way all of our employees are committed to the successful prosecution of these complicated cases.”

Sanford is due to be sentenced by the Honorable Suzanne Kingsbury in Department 3 of the El Dorado County Superior Court on April 18, 2016.