May 7, 2014
A San Francisco man was sentenced Monday to 439 years to life in prison in connection with a string of burglaries, robberies and attacks against senior citizens.
According to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, 51-year-old Dwayne Whitaker was found guilty on two counts of first degree burglary, one count of first degree robbery, one count of attempted robbery, two counts of assault and elder abuse.
The crimes, which occurred in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco in the summer of 2008, involved four victims who were more than 65 years old and one 55-year-old victim.
According to authorities, Whitaker attacked victims as they went into their homes. Some of the victims were hospitalized.
Whitaker was arrested in 2008 and pleaded not guilty. Initially, Whitaker was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was admitted to a state hospital.
In 2013 Whitaker was deemed competent to stand trial.
“The incident left me fearful and scared to leave my home,” said Robin Currier, one of Whitaker’s victims. “I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and spent a year in therapy. I’m relieved that I’ll never have to look over my shoulder and see this man, and I hope elderly San Franciscans share my sense of relief.”
Whitaker had previously been convicted of three strikes under California’s three strikes laws.