ALLEGED MURDER COVER-UP
Many of our readers may remember the Jerry Cox story regarding an illegal land grab perpetrated by the Mariposa County sheriff’s department and their corrupt DA Thomas Cooke. Well this next true story revolves around a woman who was allegedly assaulted, home broken into while she’s sleeping only to have the suspect take a photo of himself with the victim sleeping and sent to her boyfriend (see photo), a shovel thrown through her car windshield and more.
But she is only one of many alleged victims at the hands of Mariposa resident Luke Willey. According to Frank Cole, the father of the late Ronny Ray Cole, Luke threatened to kill Ronnie and with multiple witnesses and evidence against Luke, the Maripsoa County Sheriff’s department along with the Mariposa County DA have refused to follow-up on the allegations.
Ronnie Ray Cole, a 19-year-old Mariposa resident was a kind hearted and gentle young man who enjoyed his time with his family and his girlfriend. Racing was his passion and Ronnie was on his way to a great racing career until he started hanging out with Luke Willey and his wife Brandy.
According to his father Frank, Ronnie had upset Brandy because Ronnie went back to his girlfriend. Whether Brandy and Ronnie were in a
relationship or just a friendship is unclear. But what is clear is that both Brandy and Luke Willey allegedly threatened Ronnie with bodily harm and even death.
One such incident occurred at Frank’s home where Luke Willey allegedly went after both Ronnie and his own wife Brandy stating that he was going to kill them both. Ronnie managed to get away, but according to Frank, Luke choked Brandy out on Frank’s property leaving her with bruises on her neck. Frank further stated that several neighbors witnessed the violence.
The violence finally came to a head on June 23, 2017 when Ronnie was involved in a crash just before his disappearance and two Sheriff’s deputies admitted to seeing Ronnie on the side of the road, but failed to offer assistance. According to Frank his son Ronnie was picked up by Brandy at the crash scene who then turned him over to Luke Willey. Ronnie’s body was later found in the Merced River on July 1, 2017. Although no other in formation has been released including his autopsy report, Family and friends stand by their conclusion that Luke Willey and his wife Brandy allegedly murdered Ronnie.
“Brandy Willey is on probation for Conspiracy to Commit Murder against her husband Luke Willey,” wrote Frank Cole in Facebook post, “and they (Sheriff’s) took her statement and believed her while they not only killed my son but robbed him of $800 dollars and were on video at Burger King spending it while my son is dead in the River. She even stated to a person Ronnie is dead and (w)hen (asked) she said I mean missing.”
Frank went on to state, “this person said, “why would you bring Ronnie to where Luke was?” And she (Brandy) said, “Oh their cool.” And that is a lie. Not only did Luke Willey tell many people he was gonna beat the shit out of my son she also wanted to do the same when she learned Ronnie was done with both of the(m), and there dangerous life style.”
I reached out to Frank via Facebook messenger and called his company’s phone number and left a message. I have not received his response as of yet.
Luke Willey also posted a video of himself violently beating a man in Mariposa on January 14, 2017. The beating was allegedly for beating a woman though Luke himself seems to like to beat women as shown in these photos sent anonymously to Above All Laws. These same photos were turned over to the Maripsoa County Sheriffs department including information that Luke stole a mini van and vandalized the woman’s property. But most disturbing is when Luke is alleged to have broken into this same woman’s house while she was sleeping and took a photo of himself with the woman in order to taunt the woman’s boyfriend. And yet Mariposa County Sheriff’s refuse to protect her and other Mariposa residents from this criminal.
Luke Willey is no stranger to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s and the DA Thomas Cooke who seem to let this guy walk away from several crimes. And when he is held to answer and doesn’t appear in court, they don’t follow normal legal procedures and revoke his bail, they just reset his court date and ask him to appear later.
According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Departments arrest records, Luke George Willey was arrested on November 11, 2017 for assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious injury, vandalism, willful cruelty to a child and other charges (see photo of arrest record). Looking even further into his past criminal history, Luke was arrested prior to that on August 11, 2013 for disorderly conduct while under the influence of meth.
His first arrest was an assault with a deadly weapon charge for which Willey was convicted on July 29, 1999. He was 18 at the time. And on Aug. 4, 2005, Luke was convicted of another felony for cutting or damaging a cable or television line to prevent someone from getting assistance.
Here’s a link to the video from his youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VGGoX493Gs
The current case from Luke’s November arrest has been delayed several times as the DA seems more apt to drop charges rather than to prosecute this known violent criminal. Why?
Many Mariposa residents know Luke Willey as the co-owner of the Pizza Factory, which was lost to a fire in 2012. Since that time he has gone the way of meth and crime. And with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s and the DA Thomas Cooke turning a blind eye, Mariposa Residents can expect much of the same from this criminal thug.
Luke Willey’s latest victim, whose name we are withholding, reported to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s earlier yesterday that Luke stole items of hers. She also
stated that she has several text messages from Luke threatening her with violence and was actually assaulted by him as seen in these photos.
According to the victim, Luke broke out her window one night and punched her in the chest and choked her out. Luke also stated to her that “I’m going to jump in the river (and) what do I want my kids to know before I’m gone.”
“I am in fear for my life everyday,” the victim stated.
I messaged Luke earlier today and asked him about the current allegations and he wrote, “Your way out of pocket you don’t know me you can be a keyboard tough guy all you want youhave no idea what your saying I never hit _________ so miss me withthat bullshit im around always.”
When asked about the latest violence this past few days, Luke wrote, “Your stupid hahaha Let me show yousomethibf real quick.” He then sent a photo of himself and the victim in what appeared to be a loving embrace.
When asked about his latest victim’s injuries he replied, ” Hahaha spray blood looks good she knows that my blood because that’s the night she ran me over with her van.” He went on to blame someone else for the damage to the victim’s vehicle by writing, ” And the windshield believe you’d like to talk Terri cabbie about that.”
And when asked about Ronnie Cole’s death and the allegation that he murdered him he wrote, “And Ronnie! !! Well maybe you should learn how tospell his name before yougo getting your self in a wreck.”
I then asked him if he called the police to file a report that he’d been ran over he stated, ” No I don’t call cops and ghatshit broke weeks before. Who the fuck. Are you”
When I confronted him again that he is alleged to have murdered Ronnie, Luke wrote, “No thaws not true I was his friend he drowned in the river and I wasn’t even there during the tine.”
The Mariposa County Sheriff’s department is well known for covering up murder including the murder of one of their own, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputy Ron Van Meter. During the cocaine days of the early 1980’s, Deputy Van Meter, who was charged with local drug intervention, came across information that the cocaine, meth, and marijuana was being flown in and out of the Mariposa airport. When Deputy Van Meter verified that in fact several well-known Maripsoa County Sheriff’s deputies including the Sheriff himself were involved, Deputy Van Meter took photos and other documented evidence to the California Attorney General. After Van Meter left the AG’s office, the AG called Van Meter’s Sheriff and told him all that Van Meter had done. Later that night after Van Meter returned home, his wife stated that the Sheriff called him and was outraged at Van Meter’s betrayal. Van Meter told his wife he was going down to Lake McClure to arrest the deputies involved, but he never returned. Ten years later after a substantial drought hit the area lowering the water level of the lake, Deputy Ron Van Meter’s bones were found at the bottom of Lake McClure directly below where Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputy Rod Sinclair kept his houseboat.
With a corrupt District Attorney, who is close friends with ousted Merced County DA Larry Morse, and a sheriff’s department that literally killed one of their own, Maripsoa County residents are in grave danger. The state will not get involved because those that are in charge in Mariposa have too much dirt on state officials. One can only hope that the statewide corruption by both republican and democrat law makers will come to the surface. Until then, my Mariposa friends, I can only hope you will arm yourselves and take any necessary actions to protect yourselves not only from violent criminals like Luke Willey and his wife, but also from the corrupt Mariposa County Sheriffs Department.