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Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo makes first court appearance in prowling, burglary case

  • Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, left, and his attorney Chris Andrian during a hearing at the Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa, California on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo emerged from seclusion Thursday and walked into a courtroom, red-eyed and ashen-faced, for his first public appearance since his weekend arrest on suspicion of prowling and burglary.

In a brief hearing, prosecutors requested more time to determine what, if any, charges should be filed against the two-term supervisor.

"There is not going to be a complaint filed today, your honor," prosecutor Cody Hunt, a Napa County deputy district attorney handling the case, told the court.

Efren Carrillo In Court

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Judge Gary Medvigy agreed to postpone Carrillo's arraignment until Aug. 30, a date mutually acceptable to both Hunt and Carrillo's defense attorney, Chris Andrian.

Just a week ago, Carrillo, 32, a rising Latino star in the Democratic Party, was on the short list of those considering a shot at the state Legislature next year.

On Thursday morning, the gregarious politician cut a somber figure in Sonoma County Superior Court.

He uttered few words outside of those he shared with his attorney. None of his family members or political supporters were present during the hour he spent at the courthouse.

Police have alleged that Carrillo tried to break into a woman's bedroom window with the intent of carrying out some type of sexual assault.

Carrillo said in a brief statement over the weekend that his behavior was "embarrassing" and "involved alcohol." Andrian said although he believed Carrillo had gone to the woman's apartment to suggest sharing drinks, he had no intent to assault her.

Outside the courtroom, Carrillo refused to answer questions from a reporter, including whether he planned to resign or had anything to say to his constituents or the alleged victim.


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