A 41-year-old San Bernardino man who gunned down his wife and wounded his teenage son during an attack in Eastvale is slated to be sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in state prison.
Rahman Leon Hunter pleaded guilty in August to murder, attempted murder and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations under a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. No charges were dismissed.
Superior Court Judge Judith Clark is expected to certify the terms of the plea deal and impose the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense during a sentencing hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The defendant is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Sgt. Steve Brosche of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, at about 1 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2020, an unspecified domestic dispute occurred involving Hunter and his spouse, 37-year-old Chiana Hunter, at her residence in the 7200 block of Lazare Court, near Archibald Avenue.
Brosche said that during the confrontation, the defendant pulled a handgun and shot the woman and their 15-year-old son, whose identity was not disclosed.
Witnesses called 911, and deputies reached the location moments later, finding Chiana Hunter in grave condition. First responders tried to save her, but she died at the scene, according to the sergeant.
The boy was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He has since recovered.
Hunter fled in a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, heading north to Hesperia, where he was apprehended without incident 10 hours later.
The defendant had no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County. However, he had a misdemeanor shoplifting conviction in San Bernardino County, according to court records.