People v Shanden Stanley

On June 15, 2016, a jury found defendant Shanden Stanley guilty as charged with enhancements – including attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder; mayhem; felon in possession of a firearm; domestic violence; kidnapping; assault with a firearm; and criminal threats.

In October 2013, the victim was trying to end a relationship with Defendant Stanley, who was also the father of one of her children and, at times, her exploiter. On October 18, 2013, the victim was working in San Jose providing commercial sex. Defendant Stanley called her 115 times that evening looking for her. He ultimately found her car and hid by her car waiting for her to return.

When she was leaving San Jose, Defendant Stanley came running towards her with a gun. Defendant Stanley got into her car, struck her with the handgun on her face, and demanded she drive him. The victim was scared and drove at the defendant’s demand to San Francisco. When they arrived in San Francisco, Defendant Stanley raped the victim and threatened to kill her and then himself.

On October 31, 2013, the victim posted an online advertisement on Defendant Stanley convinced a friend of his to call the victim and lure her outside so that he could talk to her. The friend did not know that Defendant Stanley was armed with a loaded firearm. Defendant Stanley laid in wait in nearby bushes for the victim to exit her apartment for the “date” with the purchaser. When the victim exited the the dwelling, Defendant Stanley jumped out of the bushes with a gun and tried to push the victim into a car.

Ultimately, the victim was able to escape his grasp, but Defendant Stanley followed her and shot her three times – once in the face, and twice in her left arm. The victim defied all odds by surviving this brutal attack. However, the injuries inflicted upon her by Defendant Stanley were so severe that the victim is now paralyzed on her left side, has lost 25% of her brain and skull, and also lost her right eye.

Defendant Shanden Stanley has two prior strikes that were found to be true in a subsequent court trial. On August 15, 2016, Defendant Stanley was sentenced to 150 years to life in state prison for these heinous crimes.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Allyson Donovan of our HEAT Unit, with assistance from DA Inspector Gino Guerrero and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

(Docket #H57966)

Posted on Jul 14, 2016