MENDOCINO Co., 1/2/19 — Antonia Bautista-Dalson is scheduled to appear for her judgement and sentencing hearing on Friday, January 4, at the Mendocino Superior Courthouse. Bautista-Dalson was scheduled to appear in court on December 17 for to be sentenced under a plea deal for being an accomplice to Negie Fallis, who is serving time in state prison for being a felon illegally in possession of a firearm. However, she did not appear in court on that day, and a "no-bail warrant" was issued for her arrest. She subsequently turned herself in to Round Valley Tribal Police on December 21, and will now face additional charges for her failure to appear in court for her original sentencing.
The charges against Fallis and Bautista-Dalson stem from Fallis' arrest in Covelo in late February, after he was arrested due to an incident in January in which he is alleged to have violently beaten his former girlfriend, Khadijah Britton, a 23 year old woman from Covelo. During his January arrest, Fallis was found to have hidden several firearms in the house in which he was arrested, and Baustita-Dalson is charged with assisting him hide the firearms. Bautista-Dalson and Fallis are allegedly romantically involved, and much of the evidence in the firearms case was gathered via phone calls and other communication while Fallis was in jail.
Both Fallis and Bautista-Dalson had agreed to plea deals in October, and Fallis was sentenced on Dec. 4, but Bautista-Dalson did not appear for her sentencing on Dec. 17. After her failure to appear, a warrant was issued for her arrest, and she turned herself in on Dec. 21. She appeared in court on December 26, and is now scheduled to appear again for judgement and sentencing on Friday, January 4, at 9 a.m. Bautista-Dalson is likely to face additional charges for her failure to appear, which will be decided by the judge.
Khadijah Britton was last seen in Covelo on February 7 and has been missing ever since; Fallis remains the primary suspect in her disappearance. A reward of $85,000 is being offered for any information leading directly to finding Britton, and another $25,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in her case.
Anyone with information about Britton's disappearance asked to call the MCSO tip line (see below), or to call a new contracted service, WeTip, which provides complete anonymity for anyone calling in with information who may not want to call the Sheriff’s Office directly. The entire video of that press conference can viewed in this article.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek any information related to Britton’s disappearance, and a significant reward is being offered for any information that helps find her. Anyone with information about Britton should contact the MCSO tip line at (707) 463- 4086 or the tip line (707) 234-2100, or the anonymous WeTip service at 1-800-78-CRIME. You can read The Mendocino Voice’s complete coverage of Britton’s disappearance and Fallis' legal proceedings here.