DATE: February 8, 2017
CASE: Jerry West Jr. (Case #15F05919)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kevin Jones, Adult Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit
Jerry West Jr. was convicted by a jury of two counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of assault with intent to commit forcible oral copulation, attempted forcible copulation, two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, kidnapping for purposes of robbery and oral copulation, four counts of robbery and carjacking. The jury also found true multiple use of a firearm allegations and a multiple victim allegation.
On August 31, 2015, Jerry West put a gun to a female victim’s head, demanded her cellphone, groped her and demanded oral copulation. He then fled in the victim’s vehicle. On September 22, 2015, two women were in a car that had just parked. West opened the car door, put a gun to the passenger’s head and demanded property from her. He then put the gun to the driver’s head, demanded her property and struck her in the head with the gun. West groped both victims while pointing the gun at them and forced the passenger to orally copulate him. When the driver began a struggle with West for the gun, West fired the gun at both victims and missed. West then grabbed the victims’ purses before fleeing. On September 25, 2015, West grabbed another female victim and covered her mouth so tightly that she couldn’t breathe. West dragged the victim into Southside Park, where he demanded her property, groped her and demanded that she orally copulate him. He continuously threatened her life if she screamed or ran. The victim was able to break free and ran to a nearby residence where she called 911. The victim’s iPhone was tracked, leading officers to West. DNA evidence linked West to the two prior assaults.
West has two prior 2008 strike convictions for carjacking two separate victims. He faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for April 7, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 24 before the Honorable Shelleyanne Chang.
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