Willows felon sentenced for having ammo

Jaydien Mounivong

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

A Willows man whose name came up during the investigations of two recent shootings in Glenn County has been sentenced for possession of ammunition by a felon.

On Monday, April 25, of this year, the district attorney’s office charged Jaydien Mounivong, just days shy of turning 22, of Willows, with the following felonies: possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of ammunition by a felon; possession of a machine gun; and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence.

On Friday, July 8, Mounivong pled not guilty to all these charges. Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, he pled guilty to one of the charges: possession of ammunition by a felon.

On Friday, Oct. 14, he was sentenced for both the previously mentioned charge and for violation of felony probation for auto theft. He received 210 days in jail and two years’ probation.

On April 26, The Glenn County Observer reported:

“Five people – three adults and two juveniles – were taken into custody late Monday night following a shooting at the Grindstone Rancheria north of Elk Creek.

“At about 9:34 p.m. on April 25, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office received a call that the occupants of a silver Honda (California license plate number 7LNC822) fired several shots in an unknown direction as the vehicle left the Rancheria.

“Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Rancheria (3600 County Road 305) to canvass the area and to find the Honda. The vehicle was found heading towards Orland and a pursuit was initiated.

“On at least one occasion, the Honda reached a speed of well over 100 miles per hour. Around 10 p.m., the vehicle yielded on County Road 200 (Newville Road), west of County Road E, and a felony car stop (a stop made at gunpoint) was conducted.

“Orland police officers provided assistance at this scene.

“Fifteen or so minutes after the stop, all five occupants of the Honda were detained. Initially, the occupants were said to consist of four adults and one juvenile, but this was later changed to three adults and two juveniles.

“Two of the three adults were from Willows, while the third was from Orland. Both juveniles were from Orland, although they had separate residences.

The Observer knows the names of the children but will not publish them. One of them is less than three months away from turning 18, while the other is a mere 13 years old.

“Law enforcement officers reported finding some casings, thought to be .40 caliber, at the Rancheria. A .40 caliber Glock was reportedly found in the Honda.

“As 11 p.m. approached, a deputy at Grindstone Rancheria told a deputy at the vehicle, ‘There is at least one casing … within 50 yards of a residence.’

“The deputy at the vehicle asked, ‘Did you find any impact points [i.e., bullet holes]?’

“The first deputy answered, ‘Negative on impact points.’

“The second deputy requested that the first contact the resident and ask if they know any of the occupants of the vehicle.

“The first deputy replied that he had already tried to contact the resident, but there was no answer.

“The three adults were booked into the Glenn County Jail at 11:51 p.m. They are:

“Armani Khammaloun, 18, of Willows, who was booked into the Glenn County Jail on charges alleging possession of a machine gun, and criminal conspiracy (both felonies). His bail was set at $80,000.

“Brianna Mounivong, 19, of Orland, who was booked into the jail on charges alleging evading a peace officer (a misdemeanor), willful cruelty to a child with possible injury or death (a felony), and criminal conspiracy (a felony). Her bail was set at $100,000.

Jadien Mounivong, 21, of Willows, who was booked into the jail on charges alleging possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of a machine gun, and criminal conspiracy (all felonies). His bail was set at $90,000. [Bold added for this Oct. 23 report.]

“The two juveniles were also arrested. Presumably, they were taken into custody by probation officers.

“Deputies cleared the scenes at about 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

“By late Tuesday morning, no shooting victims had been reported.”

This, of course, was the incident that resulted in Mounivong recently being sentenced for possession of ammunition by a felon. However, he was also sentenced for “violation of felony probation for auto theft.”

It is not clear when or where this auto theft occurred. However, Glenn County court records and jail records both indicate that Mounivong was convicted of at least one crime as a juvenile.

For example, on Nov. 17, 2020, when Mounivong was 20, a Glenn County probation officer committed him to the jail for “failure to obey an order of the juvenile court.” And the Glenn County Superior Court records for a 2020 closed case involving Mounivong refers to a concurrent “juvenile case.”

The other recent shooting case in which Mounivong’s name came up was reported by The Glenn County Observer on July 2:

“An Orland area man reportedly suffered ‘multiple gunshots’ at the Cedar Hills apartment complex in Willows Tuesday evening.

“According to the Glenn County Sheriff’s log, at about 9:19 p.m. on June 28, sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding a group of 10 people outside apt. #163 at the Cedar Hills apartments, 600 North Humboldt Avenue, Willows.

“Four gunshots were heard just before the 10 people ran off. Deputies responded to the complex to conduct an area check.

“Glenn Medical Center called sheriff’s dispatch and reported that a man was brought in with multiple gunshot wounds. The wounded man was identified as Jacob Jonathan Doughtie.

“Doughtie’s address was given as 5689 County Road 200, Orland. This address is located east of County Road 206 and the Graves Cemetery….

“Another ‘involved party’ … listed as being present at the June 28 event [was] Jadien Mounivong….”

It is to be understood that Jadien Mounivong was not and presumably still is not considered a suspect in the June 28 shooting. However, another Mounivong, Jonathan Mounivong, was initially listed by the sheriff’s office as a “known suspect,” but so far neither he nor anyone else has been charged in the incident.

Seatbelts, child safety seats save lives

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Glenn County Observer

Not only do seatbelts save lives, so do child and infant safety seats.

At about 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, emergency responders were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 162 at County Road D.

According to the California Highway Patrol, S. Rai, 22, of Yuba City, was driving his 2022 Freightliner north on County Road D, approaching the intersection of Highway 162.

Meghan Cohan, 30, of Willows, was driving her 2020 Chevy Tahoe west on Highway 162, approaching the intersection at Road D.

Rai came to a stop at the stop sign, but for unknown reasons after he stopped, he failed to yield to westbound traffic on Highway 162 and entered the intersection directly into the path of Cohan.

The front of the Freightliner collided into the left rear of the Chevy Tahoe.

According to CHP Officer Jaime Vasquez, only Cohan sustained any injury, and it was minor (complaint of pain).

Although an ambulance had responded to the scene, she declined to be transported.

Her two children (Madelyn Cohan-Howole, 8, and Emmett Cushman, 3 months) were also in the Tahoe but were uninjured, as was the driver and sole occupant of the Freightliner.

All safety equipment (seatbelts and child safety seats) was in use in both vehicles.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in this accident, and there were no arrests.