PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Matthew Moore, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
Stefawn Taylor was convicted by a jury of second-degree robbery, first-degree residential robbery, second-degree robbery and three counts of attempted second-degree robbery. The jury also found that Taylor suffered a prior 2014 second-degree robbery conviction and 2015 first-degree robbery conviction.
On June 19, 2019, an 84-year-old woman was returning home when Stefawn Taylor ran up behind her, knocked her to the ground and stole her purse before fleeing. On August 8, 2019, a second victim came home from work and found Taylor inside of his house holding several items of value. The victim told Taylor to drop the items and leave. When Taylor refused, the victim attempted to force Taylor out of his house. Taylor then pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the victim, who then let Taylor leave with the property. August 13, 2019, four juvenile victims were walking down the street when they encountered Taylor, who engaged the juveniles in casual conversation. Taylor then pulled out a knife and demanded the victims’ property. One of the victims handed over his backpack and Taylor fled. A citizen saw the robbery in progress and contacted police, who quickly responded and apprehended Taylor.
Taylor faces a maximum sentence of 206 years to life in prison under California’s Three Strikes Law. Sentencing is set for April 10, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. in Department 33 before the Honorable Laurel White.