Teen Rapist Yawns Through Sentencing

The teen’s family says he’s not a monster and he’s sorry

By Tony Shin
|  Friday, Mar 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:53 AM PDT
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Teen Rapist Yawns Through Sentencing

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A teenager convicted of attacking and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl showed no emotion as he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. In fact, he yawned a few times and appeared to be very sleepy.

Daniel Entzminger, 18, was sentenced in a Vista courtroom on Thursday. He was prosecuted as an adult, even though he was 17 when he committed the crime.

Investigators say Entzminger attacked the 16-year-old girl on a bike path near East Valley Parkway in Escondido, using a gun to force the girl to the ground before raping and robbing her.

Entzminger was caught the next day with items belonging to the victim.

The teen’s mother says he is not a monster. His sister says Entzminger has a message for the victim and her family.

"He's very sorry for everything, and to the family his condolences, to let them know he is sorry," said Julianna Entzminger.  "I never thought anything like that would happen because my brother wasn't that type of person."

Law enforcement sources say detectives put Entzminger's DNA in a national criminal database.

They got a "hit" on a cold case in the San Marcos area, involving a woman who was sexually assaulted.  So far, Entzminger has not been charged with that crime.

Family members blame Entzminger's troubles on what they call a "rough childhood."  They also say he got involved with the wrong crowd of friends.

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