A Proven Record We Can Trust

Amy Barajas is the only candidate with experience as a prosecutor that demonstrates she will be a Judge we can trust to uphold the law.

 

Here are some of the major cases that Amy Barajas successfully prosecuted for Riverside County.

People v. Warren

Warren stalked a number of Riverside residents for months, searching for his perfect victim.  He ultimately kidnapped a woman at her home in the middle of the day dressed as a deliveryman. 

Warren beat and restrained her for over 7 hours in a box he built in the back of his minivan.  The woman suffered serious bodily injury but thankfully survived the attack.  The defendant threatened to bury the woman alive in the box if he did not receive the requested ransom of $140k.

Due to a concerned citizen reporting an unknown person in her neighborhood, Warren was caught in his van where he held the victim hostage. She was gratefully found alive and saved.

Warren was successfully prosecuted by Amy Barajas and convicted by a jury for his crimes.  He is serving a sentence of Life Without Parole in prison.

Source:  Riverside County Superior Court Case Number RIF135668

 

People v. Aguilar

This was a very egregious case involving rape and molestation of multiple young victims. Aguilar was charged with 25 counts of child molestation involving 5 separate victims.

Aguilar was successfully prosecuted by Amy Barajas and convicted by a jury of all counts.  He is serving a sentence of 255 years to life in prison.

Source:  Riverside County Superior Court Case Number HEF970248

 

People v. Bowman

Bowman, a gang member, stole a car in Riverside County. The victim  objected to the stealing of the car. 

Unhappy with the victim’s outburst and while fleeing the county in the stolen vehicle, Bowman drove to the gas station off of Green River and shot the victim. 

The victim believed that the defendant may have shot again but it seemed the gun jammed. 

Bowman was successfully prosecuted by Amy Barajas and convicted of attempted murder.  He is serving 29 years in state prison.

Source:  Riverside County Superior Court Case Number RIF10005232

People v. Fitts

Fitts had a history of physically abusing his ex-girlfriend’s child over potty-training issues.  In 2014 he was convicted for physically abusing his biological 2-year-old son.

The toddler was brutally beaten to the point of unconsciousness because he had an accident in his diaper. The child suffered severe brain trauma resulting in a coma almost costing his life. 

Fitts was successfully prosecuted by Amy Barajas and convicted by a jury.  He is serving a sentence of 7 years to life in prison.

Source:  Riverside County Superior Court Case Number RIF1201986

 

People v. Covarrubias

The victim was on her way home from work after working the night shift.  She was stopped at a light about a mile from her house when she was killed by the defendant. 

Covarrubias was traveling at speeds near 90 mph at the point of impact and caused massive damage to the victim’s car.  Her car immediately was engulfed in flames and she tragically burned alive in her car. 

Covarrubias, who had a number of prior DUI convictions, had a blood alcohol level of .19% --- more than twice the legal limit. He attempted to pay other drivers to help him flee the scene.

He was successfully prosecuted by Amy Barajas and convicted by a jury of 2nd Degree Murder.  He is serving 15 years to life in prison.

Source:  Riverside County Superior Court Case Number RIF1201945

People vs. Orozco

Former Beaumont City Councilmember Mark Orozco solicited a $15,000 bribe from Pardee Homes in exchange for his vote on an upcoming matter. Pardee Homes refused to pay and properly reported Orozco’s crime to the District Attorney’s Office.

During the investigation it was discovered that Orozco was also misusing a political action committee he controlled. Under penalty of perjury, Orozco falsified official documents in an attempt to smear a political opponent and trigger an unfounded state investigation of that opponent.

Facing an airtight prosecution built by Amy Barajas, Orozco pled guilty to bribery and perjury.

 

Orozco was sentenced to three years’ probation, fined $10,000, ordered to surrender his city council seat, and banned for life from every holding public office in California again.