As­sault charges against Porter­ville man amended to homi­cide af­ter vic­tim dies

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Crim­i­nal charges against a Porter­ville man sus­pected of as­sault against an el­derly man last month have been amended to in­clude homi­cide af­ter the vic­tim passed away ear­lier this week.

On Septem­ber 20 at ap­prox­i­mately 12:40 a.m., Porter­ville Po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded to a res­i­dence in the 1500 block of West River Av­enue for a re­ported as­sault. The 65-year-old vic­tim, Scott Shirley, re­ported be­ing as­saulted by Stephen Penic three days ear­lier on Septem­ber 17.

Shirley had vis­i­ble in­juries con­sis­tent with his re­port of be­ing phys­i­cally as­saulted and was trans­ported by am­bu­lance to Sierra View Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment. Stephen Penic was lo­cated and ar­rested soon there­after, then booked into the cus­tody of the Tu­lare County Sher­iff’s Of­fice for as­sault and el­der abuse.

Later in the day on Septem­ber 20 at ap­prox­i­mately 9:30 p.m., PPD was no­ti­fied that Shirley’s health had de­clined and he was be­ing trans­ported to Com­mu­nity Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Fresno, as they are a Level 1 trauma cen­ter and bet­ter suited to treat him. The de­ci­sion was made af­ter de­ter­min­ing Scott Shirley had sus­tained ma­jor in­ter­nal in­juries as a re­sult of the re­ported as­sault.

On Mon­day at ap­prox­i­mately 4 p.m. the Porter­ville Po­lice De­part­ment was no­ti­fied that Scott Shirley had died, with the in­juries sus­tained from the as­sault be­ing con­tribut­ing fac­tors to his death. Stephen Penic, who was still in the cus­tody of the Tu­lare County Sher­iff Of­fice from the orig­i­nal ar­rest, had his charges amended to in­clude homi­cide.

This is the sec­ond homi­cide of the year in­ves­ti­gated by the Porter­ville Po­lice De­part­ment. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this mat­ter is urged to con­tact Cor­po­ral Mike Gray at (559) 782-7400.

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