Michael Cabral, assistant chief deputy district attorney for Yolo County, delivers his closing statement in Daniel Marsh's murder trial in September.
Cabral has accepted a chief deputy DA's job with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, where he worked for several years before moving north.
Sue Cockrell/Enterprise file photo
But one of Michael Cabral's
most satisfying convictions involved a crime of the white-collar variety - that of a 78-year-old Woodland woman swindled of more than $750,000 by the bookkeeper she'd entrusted to handle her
By the end of the case, Cabral
had recovered more than half of the elderly woman's lost savings and sent the crooked accountant to state prison for 16 months.
After just over four years as an assistant chief deputy district attorney in Yolo County, Cabral, 55, has accepted a chief deputy DA's job with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, where he'd worked for several years before moving up north.
The decision, he
said, was a bittersweet one.
"I love the people here," Cabral
said in a recent interview, during a break in tying up loose ends at his
downtown Woodland office.
said the move will bring him and his
wife Margie, a substitute teacher, closer to two of their four grown children.
prosecuted several high-profile cases during his
Yolo County tenure, most notably the Daniel Marsh double-homicide trial, as well as a 2006 cold-case murder solved through DNA evidence and the U.S. Bank protesters from UC Davis
also hailed for his
work behind the scenes, such as strengthening the Yolo DA's
fraud division and launching a conviction integrity unit in which attorneys review cases for possible exculpatory evidence.
also played a significant role in the review of students' and officers' actions during the infamous Nov. 18, 2011, pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis
For those and other efforts, Cabral
office's Attorney of the Year award last month.
"I was truly honored.
It's probably one of the biggest honors I've gotten as a prosecutor," he
Although Cabral knew from a young age he wanted to be a lawyer, he never saw himself becoming a prosecutor.
But he was offered a job with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office right after he graduated from Southwestern Law School, and he spent 20 years there before becoming a prosecutor in Riverside County.
That's why I continue to do trial work," Cabral
I enjoy the trial work, but I've also learned how much of a toll it really takes on you," said Cabral
, who during the Marsh trial arrived at work well before dawn and left long after the sun went down.