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Julia Di Sieno

Di Sieno 

Mike Hodgson, Staff

New criminal charges have been filed against the founder of the Solvang Animal Rescue Team for violating court orders, after she was charged last year for allegedly stalking and threatening her neighbors. 

Julia Di Sieno, 57, now faces four new misdemeanor counts of unlawful firearm activity in violation of a restraining order, possession of a deadly weapon (police baton) and disobeying court orders by violating a criminal protective order. The crimes allegedly occurred Jan. 31 and Feb. 5. 

Di Sieno made her first court appearance Feb. 20 after being arrested on the new counts. 

The District Attorney's Office formally filed the new charges Feb. 28, and the defendant appeared in Santa Maria Superior Court on Wednesday for arraignment, when she entered not guilty pleas.

She appeared in court Thursday for information review on the new case and will return March 13 for a trial readiness conference. 

On Dec. 1, 2017, Di Sieno was previously charged by the District Attorney's Office with two misdemeanor counts of stalking, and two misdemeanor counts of making criminal threats. She pleaded not guilty Dec. 22.

A criminal protective order naming Richard and Mary Nohr was filed against Di Sieno. She was ordered to have no personal, electronic, telephonic or written contacted with the protected parties, and was required to stay at least 150 yards from them.

As part of the order, Di Sieno had to surrender all firearms and ammunition after being served the criminal protective order, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Per the order, Di Sieno had 48 hours to file receipts to the court showing she had surrendered all firearms and ammunition. 

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On Feb. 2, sheriff's deputies responded to the Santa Ynez Valley to a report of a criminal protective order violation, allegedly perpetrated by Di Sieno toward the Nohrs, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. 

Following their investigation, officials learned there were no indications that Di Sieno actually surrendered her firearms/ammunition, then served a search warrant at her Santa Ynez Valley home Feb. 5. 

"As a result of the warrant service, numerous firearms were located along with a copious amount of ammunition of various calibers throughout Di Sieno's residence," Hoover said.

Di Sieno was booked into County Jail last month on the new violations and posted $20,000 bail. She has since remained out of custody.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210


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