on Shaun Donahue Murder Trial - about my brother's killer
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an update to several "Letters to
the Editor" here at LACP ... Jan
24, 2003, May
28, 2003 and Jan
14, 2004 ... and is an issue we've tracked almost since
LACP was established. They all deal with the senseless murder of
Melanie's brother by a gang member, and his identification, capture,
trial and eventual conviction. LA Community Policing is happy it
was able to provided Melanie and her family suggestions and support.
February 3, 2005
Well it has been a long haul and at the end of the road we found
justice for our beloved Shaun Joseph Donahue on January 28, 2005.
Charles Edward Yates was found guilty of murder, attempted murder,
murder with a fire arm and gang affiliation.
His sentence is as follows:
Attempted Murder - 37 to life
2nd Degree Murder - 40 to life
Murder by Fire Arm - 25 to life
Gang Affiliation - 7 years
He'll not be able to seek parole until he is about 90 years old.
Yates was found guilty of being a Venice Shoreline Crip. A special
gang unit officer brought in photos during the trial of the defendant
with his gang friends flashing hand signs while dressed in their
gang attire. It really made an impact on the jury.
Yates wouldn't take the stand and no witnesses came forward to pick
out other gang members who were present at the time of the murder
unfortunately. I just hope that this shakes up the Oakwood area
and hopefully these gangs now will be aware that there are consequences
to the crimes they commit.
My family is very pleased with the verdict, although we would have
preferred murder in the 1st instead of 2nd Degree Murder.
The trial was long and very emotional something that I don't wish
my family to ever encounter again. The District Attorney was amazing
and exceedingly professional. We couldn't have wished for someone
greater. I could never thank this man enough for the time and hard
work devoted to this case for my little brother.
I wanted to give you this update so you can post it and let the
community know to have faith in our Judicial System.
Thank you for your support and take care ...