WOODLAND HILLS—The suspect responsible for raping two women, including a 61 year-old disabled woman has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. According to a press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Ammen Ra Shiniti, 61, of Woodland Hills was convicted by a jury on March 21 of one count each of forcible oral copulation, assault to commit a sex crime during the commission of a first-degree burglary and two counts of forcible rape.
The first incident occurred on April 27, 2007, when the suspect lured a woman who had previously loaned him money into his motel room in Sylmar noting that he was going to pay her back, based on evidence that was presented at the trial. Shiniti closed the door and placed a chair underneath the doorknob preventing the victim from exiting or anyone from entering the room, as he sexually assaulted her.
On November 25, 2014, Shiniti entered the home of a disabled woman where he worked for her as a caretaker before she fired him back in 2013. He sexually assaulted the victim, but when she yelled for help, the suspect punched her and strangled her until she lost consciousness, according to witness testimony. He also stole $300 from the victim and her cell phone. In 1974, Shiniti was convicted of burglary and rape in Colorado.
The jury also found true allegations of multiple victims and causing great bodily injury during his trail. The trial lasted a total of 8 days and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Robert Dufour and Sharon Ransom. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.