Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg announced today that a 48 year old Sonora woman, Aimee Jacoby, was convicted by a jury before Judge James Boscoe on August 17, 2016, on charges of Second Degree Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. The incident occurred on November 2, 2015 on the property of Black Oak Casino. Per Assistant District Attorney Eric Hovatter, who tried the case, the 37 year old male victim told sheriff’s deputies at the scene that he had been gambling at the casino when he was approached by Ms. Jacoby, an acquaintance, who requested assistance with jumping the battery on her disabled vehicle. The victim then drove with Ms. Jacoby to a dark, remote area where he was assaulted and robbed by a male later determined to be Andrew Oppenhein. The victim and a friend were able to escape and report the incident to casino security. Surveillance footage showed Ms. Jacoby in Oppenhein’s car before the robbery and Jacoby speaking with Oppenhein in the casino parking structure shortly after the robbery within feet of the victim’s car.
Oppenhein pled guilty to a felony charge stemming from this incident in June and is serving 6 years in prison. Ms. Jacoby testified at the trial that jumper cables had been attached to her car just prior to the robbery and that she was able to subsequently drive her car from the scene. However, the cables were recovered from the scene by law enforcement and appeared to have not been used. Jacoby also testified that she had no idea who the robber was and that she fled into a nearby wooded area in fear. It came out at trial that Ms. Jacoby was friends with Oppenhein’s mother who lived yards from the robbery scene and Ms. Jacoby never reported the incident to any authorities until she was stopped leaving the casino.
Ms. Jacoby faces five years in prison on this case and is currently awaiting trial on several other pending charges.