Scott Ellis 9:46 p.m., April 22
Jury: Vista Man Guilty of Rape
Jeremy Ryan Stutzman, 34, was declared guilty of rape and false imprisonment and sexual battery by restraint at the end of the court day yesterday, April 10.
The jury unanimously found the repeat offender guilty of thirteen different counts, including carjacking and burglary and robbery, in the assault on his two neighbors at a Vista apartment complex in May of 2011. The jury also found true many special allegations, including use of a deadly weapon – a large knife – and multiple victims and tying and binding of victims.
In a hearing this morning, April 11, Superior Court Judge Richard Mills acknowledged the defendant’s “serious felony prior” and “strike prior” – for a 2000 sexual assault after which Stutzman was on parole when he committed the new crimes. Judge Mills set the date of May 10 for sentencing on the new case.