Man sentenced for sexual assault, attempted murder

Tulare County Superior Court sentences Wesley Anderson to life in prison for attempted murder and sexual assault, along with a handful of special allegations

TULARE COUNTY – A man has been handed down a life sentence for crimes of sexual assault and attempted murder against two women, which he carried out during a burglary.

On March 18, the Tulare County Superior Court, the court sentenced Wesley Anderson, 24, to life in prison for attempted murder and sexual assault.

(Tulare County District Attorney)

This was after Feb. 16, when Anderson pleaded guilty to pre-meditated attempted murder with the special allegations of great bodily injury and use of a deadly weapon; assault to commit a felony during a burglary with a deadly weapon; kidnapping; and sexual assault by force, with the special allegations that he kidnapped the victim, did so during a burglary and inflicted great bodily injury upon them.

The incident occurred on Nov. 2, 2022, Visalia Police Department officers responded to a 911 call of an assault in progress. When officers arrived at the residence, they contacted an adult female outside covered in blood with major facial injuries. Officers could hear another female nearby screaming. As officers approached the house, a second adult female opened the front door with her hands zip tied. Anderson had already fled the scene.

Through investigation, it was learned that Anderson intended to kill one victim and sexually assault the other. Anderson initially hid in a closet and attacked the first victim, beating her and stabbing her with a pocketknife, before zip tying his second victim and assaulting her. The assault lasted approximately 20 seconds before police arrived. Anderson was known to both victims.

Anderson was apprehended shortly after in Barstow as he attempted to make his way to Las Vegas.

According to current California sentencing laws, Anderson must serve 25 years in prison prior to receiving a parole hearing. In addition to his sentence, Anderson must register as a sex offender for life. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jessica Weatherly.

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