Deputy Sheriff Shayne Daniel York

Deputy Sheriff Shayne Daniel York

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, August 16, 1997

Shayne Daniel York

Deputy Sheriff Shayne York succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier when he was shot by a robbery suspect after being identified as a deputy sheriff.

Deputy York and his fiancée, who was also a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, were off duty in a hair salon when two suspects entered and ordered everyone to the ground. While one suspect covered the customers the other collected everyone's wallets and purses. The two suspects discovered Deputy York's badge and immediately shot him in the back of the head as he lay on the ground. Deputy York had not resisted and remained calm throughout the entire robbery trying to keep others from getting hurt.

The two suspects were arrested later in the day during a traffic stop by members of the Fullerton Police Department. In August 2000 the suspect who pulled the trigger was found guilty of first degree murder with special circumstances and sentenced to death. The other suspect was sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy York had served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 2 years. He is survived by his fiancée, parents, and brother.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 7635

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 14, 1997
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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"Kindness to your enemies is cruelty to yourself." In this case, kindness to a cold-hearted murderer is cruelty to the entire society. Kindness should only be given to those who are worthy. Andre Willis was sentenced for his calculated execution of Deputy York who represented the law and order of the land. By commuting Willis's sentencing, it unjustly favored the wrongdoer, which is never the intent of our justice system, and it sets precedents for criminals who are in similar roles to get away with cold-blooded murder.

Criminal laws were created for the purpose of retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, and incapacitation. Commuting Willis certainly won't serve the purpose of retribution since he murdered Deputy York, it should be up to Deputy York's family whether Willis should receive the commutation. Deterrence is uncertain since it will be based off rehabilitation. If there's no hard evidence showing Willis is rehabilitated, then there's certainly no guarantee that Willis will not murder again. Incapacitation, in case of an execution style murder, is only achieved by forever removing the criminal from the society by either death penalty or life imprisonment.

Commuting Willis's sentencing is not only unjust to Deputy York and his family, but also it's a danger to the entire society. Whatever reasons Willis is using for his request can be duplicated again if his request is granted. This would become a dangerous precedent that puts many innocent lives at stake. Willis's request must be denied and the floodgate shall never be opened.

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June 12, 2018

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