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By Lookout Staff

April 8, 2022 --A homeless man convicted of raping a Santa Monica woman in her Ocean Park apartment in 2018 was sentenced Friday to 100 years to life in state prison.
Dylan James Jensen

Dylan James Jensen, 44, was found guilty on December 7 on seven counts, including rape, sexual battery, sodomy, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon in the June 4, 2018 early morning attack.

Jensen entered the victim's apartment in the 2900 block of 4th Street shortly before 6 a.m. and raped her in her bed.

According to police, Jensen entered through an unlocked sliding door of an elevated patio, took a knife from the kitchen and entered the victim’s bedroom while she slept.

The victim awoke and Jensen forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her, police said. He then fled.

The victim, who was in her late 60s called 911 and responding officers found Jensen near Third Street and Ashland Avenue, according to police.

The victim identified Jensen as her attacker and he was arrested, police said. He was held on $1.59 million in bail.

At trial, a Los Angeles County psychiatrist testified that she had treated Jensen for his addiction to methamphetamine and depression.

According to arrest records, Jensen had previous arrests for possession of a controlled substance in 2013 and 2015 and for resisting and obstructing arrest in 2017.

On March 29, a jury found Jenson was "legally sane" when he committed the crimes, according to a report in Westside Current.

The victim told Jensen that "she'd rather be raped than murdered
-- so she asked him to put the knife down," prosecutors said, according to the report.

"He did. He went along with it -- he knew what he was doing."

During the eight month trial, the defense argued that Jensen had a dual diagnosis of meth induced psychosis and schizoaffective disorder that needed to be treated, the site reported.

The defense also argued that Jensen didn't get a continuity of care when he was homeless, the site reported.

Jensen must also register as a sex offender and pay restitution.


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