A Cuesta student accused of sexually assaulting a woman friend pleaded no contest Tuesday to four felony charges and faces a prison sentence of 27 years to life.
David Andrew Shenosky, 23, entered his plea in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Tuesday in a case charging him with the kidnapping and rape of a fellow Cuesta student last year.
Shenosky’s trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Judge John Trice’s court. He is charged with nine felony counts — including attempted murder, rape and kidnapping of a 19-year-old woman on March 25, 2010.
According to testimony from investigators at a preliminary hearing in July, Shenosky invited the woman back to his home in Atascadero for dinner and chocolate cake and sexually assaulted her over the course of hours.
After the incident, her eyes had broken blood vessels, consistent with the choking she described, and an examination found that she had been raped, police said.
Police found a note on Shenosky’s computer expressing his regret for hurting her. The note said he loved her and wished the incident had never happened.
“I would say sorry, say I wish I could do it over and never have hurt you, which is true,” the note stated. “And I hope you can one day accept that. Know my dying thoughts were ones of regret over having hurt you.”
According to the woman’s statements to police, Shenosky drove her home to San Luis Obispo after the rape and then she told her roommates — later describing the events to police.
Shenosky is 6 feet 4 inches tall and had been taking classes in martial arts for more than 10 years, according to police.
Shenosky entered his plea to two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object, one count of kidnapping and one count of rape.
The rape count carries a 15 to life sentence, and the other charges result in a combined 12-year sentence.
Shenosky’s attorney, Guy Galambos, didn’t respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.
A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.
Shenosky is scheduled to be sentenced April 22 at 11 a.m. in Trice’s court.