Corona Man Gets 91 Years For Stabbing, Raping And Beating Real Estate Agent

RIVERSIDE (CBS)  — A Corona man who repeatedly raped, beat and stabbed an Orange County real estate agent he arranged to meet on the pretext of being a prospective buyer was sentenced Tuesday to 91 years to life in prison.

Shawn David Yates, 35, was convicted by a Riverside jury on Sept. 21 of three counts of rape and one count each of attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, oral copulation by force, as well as sentence-enhancing allegations of using a deadly weapon and inflicting great bodily injury.

The attack took place on March 7, 2008.

“The most important thing to the victim in this case is the most important thing to us, and that is, Mr. Yates will never be able to get out and do this to anybody else,” said Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Michael Carney.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Kelly gave Yates the maximum sentence for each charge.

According to prosecutors, the defendant found the victim — a single mother working for a Southern California real estate firm — by doing an Internet search. He spotted her photo and contacted her about viewing a foreclosed home on Silvestre Court in Corona, less than two blocks from where he was living.

According to trial testimony, when Yates and the victim went inside the house, the defendant pulled a pistol, which turned out to be a pellet gun, and forced himself on her, raping her repeatedly.

Yates beat the woman and forced her to perform oral sex. He then tried to kill her by stabbing and slashing her numerous times, she testified.

The woman said she managed to fight him off and escape into a bathroom, locking herself inside, but Yates broke in and stabbed her in the neck.

The victim played dead, and Yates left. Bloodied and completely nude, the half-conscious woman stumbled into the front yard of the property moments later and collapsed.

Corona police detectives were able to track the defendant by following a blood trail he left from a cut on his hand inflicted by the victim.

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  • swhit

    Good, so that means the cops who killed that 35yr old man for holding a water nozzle in his hand should get at least the same right!

    • gtoya

      You’re kidding. Right? Police held accountable for their actions? PuhLEEZ

      • AB

        so you’ve been a cop, been trained, know other cops why have been shot at, some killed, and you’re going to just hope that dark colored thing in the shape of a pistol, held by a guy whose hand covers much of it who clearly doesn’t like you and is pointing it at you, is not really a gun? If you’re that stupid, it’s a really good thing you’re not working as a cop. Go commit suicide on your own time. Cops aren’t martyrs and if you point something, anything, that could be a gun (ever seen a deringer? doesn’t look much like a gun but it will surely kill you) at a cop, well, that’s on you.

  • John K

    Is a 91 year sentence necessary for a 35 year old man? 50 years should do the trick.

  • OCMom

    John K…I know your thinking, but I have to agree with the 91 years. They let violent offenders out all the time for half or quarter served sentences. So in this case, I fully agree with the 91 years. I would have given him 200 if I were the judge. I pray that the victim was able to make a strong recovery.

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