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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dwayne Whitaker: Man Gets Life in Prison for Attacking Elderly People

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 6:45 AM

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A San Francisco judge has sentenced 51-year-old Dwayne Whitaker to 439 years to life in prison for robbing and attacking elderly people in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood six years ago.

"This man preyed upon the elderly and defenseless," District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. "His actions were repulsive, and the sentence he received ensures he will never be able to hurt anyone again."

In July and August of 2008, Whitaker robbed four victims, three of whom were older than 65 years of age and another was 55 years old. According to prosecutors, the victims were headed into their residences, often with groceries in hand, when Whitaker attacked.

In each case, the victims were unable to defend themselves, and were hospitalized with injuries.

Whitaker was arrested when his last victim was able to call for help after the attack, according to prosecutors. Neighbors responded to the victim and restrained Whitaker until the cops arrived.

Whitaker was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was placed in a California State Hospital. In April of 2013, almost five years later, the defendant returned to San Francisco Superior Court where a judge found him rehabilitated and competent to stand trial.

During trial, Whitaker was found guilty on seven charges; two first degree burglaries, one first degree robbery, one attempted robbery, two counts of assault, and elder abuse with great bodily injury and receiving or buying stolen property. Whitaker then tried to plead insanity, prolonging the trial. In the end, the judge rejected that plea citing a lack of evidence.

"The incident left me fearful and scared to leave my home," said Robin Currier, one of Whitaker's victims. "I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and spent a year in therapy. I'm relieved that I'll never have to look over my shoulder and see this man, and I hope elderly San Franciscans share my sense of relief."


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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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