Ronald Wayne Shepherd, 51 of Madera, was sentenced to 330 years to life in prison Friday by Judge Ernest LiCalsi in Madera Superior Court, District Attorney David Linn said.
A jury found Shepherd guilty of nine counts of sexual assault against a child on Feb. 9, 2016. A court trial immediately following the jury trial resulted in the court finding true the special allegation that Mr. Shepherd had two prior strikes.
The defense filed a motion to strike a prior violent conviction in the defendant’s criminal history. The court denied the motion on the basis Shepherd was a type of criminal defendant that brought about the three strikes law.
The court found Shepherd fell within the spirit of the three strikes law and declined to exercise its discretion to dismiss one or both prior strikes for robbery.
“I appreciate the hard work of Deputy District Attorney, Traci Wise, Madera Sheriff’s Detective John Grayson, and the untiring support of the victim by Victim Services at Community Action Partnership, Madera County,” Linn said in a release. “Without their investigative efforts and support, the successful prosecution of these heinous crimes would not have been possible.”