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Date:  March 13, 2015


Red Mountain man convicted of rape and murder

Jesse Peyton Rose (Booking Photo)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – A 20-year-old Red Mountain man was convicted Thursday for the 2014 rape and murder of a 71-year-old victim whose body was found 100 feet down a mineshaft.

After deliberating for two days, a jury found Jesse Rose guilty of Murder, Elder Abuse Resulting in Death, and Forcible Rape.

Sandra McKinney, 71, was stabbed 26 times—23 of which were about the face, head and neck.

According to Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty, who prosecuted the case, deputies were called to check on an abandoned vehicle in the desert. Upon arrival, they found the victim’s vehicle and noticed blood on the bumper and on the bed of the truck.

After further investigation, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Barstow/Trona substation detected a strong scent of bleach inside the vehicle and eventually returned to the victim’s home where they found the back door open. Nobody was home, but there was blood visible inside the house and the smell of bleach. Homicide investigators are called in and eventually find the victim’s body, along with other evidence linking Rose to the murder, in a mineshaft located nearby the residence.

Rose is scheduled to be sentenced May 8 in Dept. V4, Victorville Superior Court. He faces a maximum of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.


Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665




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San Bernardino, CA 92415



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