3 men convicted of kidnapping, torturing 17-year-old girl in Oakland

OAKLAND (BCN) — Three men, two of them pimps, face life in prison after being convicted on Friday of multiple felony charges for kidnapping and torturing a woman in Oakland three years ago after she said she didn’t want to work for them as a prostitute.

The woman, who is 20 now but was only 17 at the time, testified when the trial began on Aug. 24 that she began working as a prostitute after she ran away from home at the age of 15 and knew the men accused of attacking her but didn’t want to work for them.

The woman said she had a sexual relationship with one of the men, 24-year-old Jason Beasley, but on June 3, 2013, Beasley, 30-year-old Paul Booker and 27-year-old Ruben Mitchell kidnapped her after she told Beasley that she didn’t want to go out of town with him to work for him as a prostitute.

After deliberating for more than two days, an Alameda County Superior Court jury found Booker, Beasley and Mitchell guilty of kidnapping to commit a sex crime, torture, assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly
weapon, attempted pandering and attempted human trafficking.

Booker, who was convicted of second-degree murder last year in an unrelated case, and Mitchell were also convicted of rape by a foreign object but all three men were found not guilty of forcible rape by acting in
concert.

The woman testified that Booker and Beasley were known pimps and prosecutor Neil Layton said Mitchell was a close associate of Beasley.

The woman said the men drove her to Booker’s apartment in East Oakland, where she said Booker struck her with a gun seven times and then cut her on the breasts, legs and stomach with a knife after she was bound with duct tape.

The woman, identified in court as Jane Doe, said she was bleeding profusely and lapsed in and out of consciousness but remembers one of the men sexually assaulting her.

The woman, who was naked after the assault, said she bled so much that eventually she was able to free her arms from the duct tape and jump out of a window and run out onto a nearby street, where she first hid underneath a car and then asked the car’s owner to call police.

She said that after police arrived, she was taken to a hospital to be treated for her injuries, which included multiple contusions and stabbing wounds.

Booker was convicted of second-degree murder last year for fatally shooting 37-year-old Steven Cotton of Oakland in the 2300 block of 88th Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. on July 9, 2013, about a month after the woman was allegedly kidnapped, and was sentenced to 62 years to life in state prison.

Prosecutors said Booker shot Cotton after Cotton started a fight with him.

Booker was originally arrested and charged for the alleged kidnapping and torture of the woman. While he was in custody, Oakland police developed information that he was responsible for Cotton’s death. He wasn’t charged with murder in that case until January 2014.

Booker also has four additional previous felony convictions dating back to 2006: one each for carjacking and possession of a firearm by a felon and two for possession of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Mitchell has four previous convictions for grand theft, transportation of marijuana for sales, possession of a controlled substance with a prior conviction and being an accessory after the fact.

The three men will be sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay on Oct. 24.

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