3 women get prison in slaying of immigrant
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, April 4, 2009
A San Francisco judge sentenced three women to prison terms ranging from eight years to 21 years Friday in the slaying of a Russian immigrant they had lured to an isolated area, robbed and shot in the head.
Kimberly Gutierrez, 21, who prosecutors said pulled the trigger, was sentenced to 21 years in prison in the death of Eugene Gorenman, 26, of San Francisco, who was found dead near a gun battery at Fort Funston on March 29, 2004.
Guiterrez was 16 at the time but was charged as an adult with murder. She entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter as part of a settlement in the case. She could have faced 25 years to life if convicted of murder.
Felicia Mehrara, 21, was also a juvenile at the time of the killing but was also charged as an adult. She was sentenced to eight years in prison for voluntary manslaughter by Judge Jerome Benson.
A third defendant, Jillian McIlvenna, 24, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Police homicide investigators traced the use of one of Gorenman's credit cards to McIlvenna.
Gorenman was a Russian immigrant who grew up in Walnut Creek, graduated from UC Berkeley and worked as a computer engineer with Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
In a statement to the court, Gorenman's parents called the defendants "human filth" and "vicious savages."
"For a mere 20 dollars he was murdered without the slightest regard for his life, promise of future, his family and friends," they said.