A San Luis Obispo 16-year-old who faced charges of rape and other crimes entered into a plea deal Friday with prosecutors that’s expected to send him to prison for up to 24 years, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.
Oillie Rawshawn Tinoco entered a plea of no contest in San Luis Obispo Superior Court to forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration with a foreign object, and first-degree residential burglary relating to a Sept. 17 alleged assault on a San Luis Obispo woman. Her name is being withheld by The Tribune because she is the victim of a sexual assault.
A no-contest plea results in a conviction without a defendant admitting guilt.
A fifth charge, robbery, is awaiting resolution at Tinoco’s sentencing, which is scheduled for May 11 before Judge Jacquelyn Duffy. The robbery charge is expected to be dismissed if the plea agreement is finalized as it stands.
“Mr. Tinoco was cooperative with law enforcement and placed his faith in the system,” Linden Mackaoui, Tinoco’s attorney, said after the hearing. “The plea agreement is a result of his cooperation with law enforcement.”
Upon completion of his sentencing as the agreement stands, Tinoco would be eligible for release from state prison in about 20 years and four months given good conduct — meaning he could be out by age 36.
The prosecution filed charges against Tinoco as an adult under provisions of Proposition 21, approved by California voters in 2000.
That law requires adult trials for juveniles 14 or older charged with murder or certain sex offenses, including rape.
The charges against Tinoco carry a maximum penalty of a life sentence in state prison.
The San Luis Obispo rape victim told detectives that her attacker forced her compliance by threatening to kill her if she didn’t stop screaming, saying he had killed before, police explained in a search warrant request filed in Superior Court.
The document states the woman told police that she woke up about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 17 to find a man in her apartment off Murray and Casa streets near Cal Poly.
“(The woman) began to scream for help but was told by the suspect she had to stop screaming or he would kill her,” according to the warrant request filed by the San Luis Obispo Police Department. “The suspect told (the woman) he had killed before.”
The warrant also states that the attacker then forced her into sexual acts, though she begged him not to, she told police.
Police said that under questioning Tinoco admitted he attacked the woman, according to the warrant. The woman identified Tinoco in a police lineup, according to the warrant.