Ukiah sex offender sentenced to state prison


UKIAH, Calif. - A Ukiah man was sentenced into state prison Tuesday morning after being convicted by plea of intent to commit a felony sex act, according to the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office (MCDA). John Cory Imus, 55, was sentenced to 72 months in state prison on Nov. 7 at the Mendocino County Superior Court. According to the MCDA, Imus was arrested during the early morning hours of June 24. Deputies said he was living on the streets as a transient and made sexual advances on a homeless woman while the woman and her husband were sleeping on the street. When the woman woke up to find the defendant's hands where they had no permission to be, she screamed, frightening the defendant, and he ran away, MCSO said. The woman and her husband immediately reported what had happened to law enforcement. Located later by the police, the defendant gave a full confession of his actions, as well as his lascivious intent. "Defendant Imus is no stranger to the criminal justice system," The Mendocino County District Attorney's Office said in a press release. The instant conviction now stands as his sixth felony conviction: four in the State of Washington and two in California. He also has eight prior misdemeanor convictions between the two states, according to the DA. Officials said that prior to the most recent conviction, the defendant was already required to register regularly with law enforcement as a convicted sex offender. The prosecutor who handled the case through plea was Deputy District Attorney Caitlin Keane, now of the Solano County District Attorney's Office. Noting that defendant Imus is a threat to local public safety, DA David Eyster argued Thursday morning in support of the six-year sentence, the maximum sentence allowed for this particular criminal offense.

The investigating law enforcement agency in this case was the Ukiah Police Department. The case was conducted before Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman. Because this particular conviction is deemed a violent felony, the custody credits the defendant may attempt to earn during his incarceration will be limited to no more than 15 percent of the sentence imposed.

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