Man sentenced to 88 years to life for attacks on 4 women

By City News Service |

One of the victims accepted a ride from Yu in 2012 because she was late to work. (Photo credit: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department)

A Monrovia man convicted of attacks on four women – three were sexually assaulted – was sentenced Wednesday to 88 years to life in state prison.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen 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, Deputy District Attorney Scott Yang said.

The attacks occurred in El Monte, Monterey Park, South Los Angeles and Rosemead, the prosecutor said.

One, 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.

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 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 to DNA from two of the sexual assaults, Yang said.

He was arrested in May 2017 at his workplace in Irwindale 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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