A Monrovia man convicted of attacks on four women — three of whom were sexually assaulted — was sentenced Wednesday to 88 years to life in state prison.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen, who denied the defense’s motion for a new trial, also ordered Jason Chung Chien Yu, 43, to serve an additional two life prison terms.
Yu kidnapped one victim in February 2012 with the intent of raping her, assaulted and sodomized two women in April 2016 and kidnapped and sexually assaulted another woman in February 2017, according to Deputy District Attorney Scott Yang.
The attacks occurred in El Monte, Monterey Park, South Los Angeles and Rosemead, according to the prosecutor.
One of the victims — who accepted a ride from Yu in 2012 because she was late to work — described herself as “naive” at the time and what had happened as a “nightmare.”
“I lost weight, I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to go out …,” she told the judge during an emotional victim impact statement.
Defense attorney Adam M. Koppekin asked the judge to show leniency to Yu, arguing that his client’s conduct was “fueled by a methamphetamine addiction” that lowered his inhibitions.
Authorities said Yu lured some of the women into his car by offering them money or drugs in exchange for having sex, took them to a motel and sexually assaulted them. His victims ranged in age from 22 to 60, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Yu — who had a prior drug conviction — was linked by a DNA hit to DNA from two of the sexual assaults, Yang said.
He was arrested in May 2017 at his workplace in Irwindale by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau, and has remained behind bars since then.
Yu was convicted May 23 of three counts of sodomy by use of force, two counts each of kidnapping to commit rape, assault to commit rape and false imprisonment and one count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and making criminal threats.
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