An owner and affiliates of the former Rosalinda’s Gentlemen’s Club in Jamestown declined plea deals from the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office on Monday. The trial is set to begin in about a month.
The attorneys for Rosalinda San Martin, 79, who owned the nightclub; Raymond Jeffrey Bowman, 56, a former security employee; and Sabrina Carol Wood, 28, a former exotic dancer, said a negotiated resolution could not be agreed upon during the brief hearing at the Tuolumne County Superior Court.
The exact details of the plea deal were not announced in court.
After the hearing, San Martin said she did not know the details of the offer, but added “I’m innocent,” before walking down the marble stairwell in the courthouse.
San Martin and her daughter, Marlinda Beth Russo, 48, both of Manteca, are charged with the felonies of maintaining a place to use narcotics and allowing a place for the storage or sale of a controlled substance and bound them over for trial.
The charges of transport or sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, transport or sale of LSD, possession of LSD for sale, and misdemeanor charges permitting a person to solicit alcohol were dropped due to insufficient evidence and witness testimony after their preliminary hearing on Aug. 31.
Russo is represented by David Beyersdorf, of Sonora. Beyersdorf did not state in court that Russo was given an offer from the district attorney’s office. Russo declined to comment after the hearing.
Sonora lawyer Carolyn Woodall represented San Martin because San Martin’s attorney, Vittoria Bossi, of Stockton, was not present.
Woodall said she did not know the details of the offer made to San Martin and that she was only making a “courtesy appearance” due to Bossi’s absence.
A bench warrant was issued for Bowman during the hearing because he was not present. Woodall said Bowman contacted her and said he could not attend the hearing due to “car difficulties.”
Bowman is charged with maintaining a place to use narcotics, sale of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale. The charges of transport or sale of LSD, possession of LSD for sale, and misdemeanor charges permitting a person to solicit alcohol were dropped following the preliminary hearing.
One of Wood’s attorney’s, Nathan Nutting, of Sonora, also announced that his client would not accept a deal from the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office. Wood was previously represented by Traci Witry, who is now commissioner of the Calaveras County Superior Court.
Woods is facing multiple cases that have been realigned with the groups of Rosalinda’s Gentlemen’s Club affiliates after she failed to appear for the group’s preliminary hearing.
Wood has at least two lawyers for the charges pending against her. Wood has a felony failure to appear charge where she will be represented by the Tuolumne County Public Defender’s Office, Tuolumne County Deputy District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke said.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, Wood was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail on Oct. 16, 2018, from Stanislaus County for her failure-to-appear warrant and warrants for keeping a place to sell a narcotic controlled substance and renting a place for the storage or sale of a controlled substance.
During the proceedings, Wood sat along the crowded defendant’s table and smiled at Richard Lewis Bennett, 54, who is facing charges of maintaining a place to use narcotics and allowing a place for the storage or sale of a controlled substance. The charges of sale of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale were dropped.
Bennett is represented by Clay Bedford, of Sonora, but neither voiced any acknowledgement of a deal offered to them.
A trial is set to begin Feb. 6. Jenecke said the trial would last longer than three days.
Judge Donald Segerstrom set a trial readiness conference for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at in Department 1 of the Tuolumne County Superior Court.
Gina Chiodo, 37, appeared in Department 2 via a video system from the jail on Monday afternoon.
Chiodo is charged with soliciting prostitution at the former Rosalinda’s Gentlemen's Club and has had a misdemeanor warrant since March 2018. Chidodo was arrested on Jan. 2 and was subsequently charged with felonies false personation, receiving known stolen property and two counts of identity theft. She is additionally charged in another case with misdemeanors possession of methamphetamine and giving false information to a peace officer.
Chiodo, dressed in a black-and-white striped Tuolumne County Jail uniform, did not offer a plea and said she could afford to find an attorney.
Law enforcement is still looking for Nathan Keith, who is accused of dealing LSD to undercover ABC officers and exotic dancers at the nightclub.
Nathan Keith is wanted on suspicion of felony charges operating a drug house, renting a place for the storage or sale of control substance, the sale or transportation of LSD and possession of LSD for sale.