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Woman Sentenced to 26 Years in Fatal Stabbing of Anza Writer

Angela May Shaver, 46, was convicted in May of first-degree murder for the 2006 slaying of Paul "Pete" Cline, a writer well-known in the central Riverside County community.

A woman who fatally stabbed a 60-year-old Anza man to empty his bank account and squat on his property was sentenced today to 26 years to life in prison.

Angela May Shaver, 46, of first-degree murder for the 2006 slaying of Paul "Pete" Cline, a writer well-known in the central Riverside County community.

Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen imposed the sentence mandated by law on Shaver, who has a prior federal conviction for identity theft.

Co-defendant Chris Darrel Duve, 31, of Lake Elsinore, who led authorities to the victim's remains, was tried separately and acquitted of murder.

According to Deputy District Attorney Blaine Hopp, Cline was killed on either Feb. 14 or 15, 2006, during an attack that Shaver instigated and led. The victim, who had two adult daughters, was stabbed nine times, mainly in the neck, head and chest.

Cline, whom Hopp described as a "local literary superhero," knew Duve and Shaver and permitted them to put their single-wide trailer adjacent to his double-wide on a property he was leasing in the 36900 block of Old Cary Road in rural Anza.

"He really didn't have much in the way of assets, just some Social Security checks," Hopp told City News Service in May.

According to the prosecutor, Shaver and Duve decided to "take advantage" of Cline's generosity by stealing from his bank account. The pair swiped his ATM card, which the victim reported missing to sheriff's deputies just before he was killed, Hopp said.

Shaver killed Cline at his home, with the alleged help of Duve and another male friend, according to trial testimony.

After her arrest, she claimed the victim had used drugs with her and made unwanted sexual advances during that time, forcing her to act in self- defense. Hopp said none of the allegations were supportable.

According to the prosecutor, the murder weapon, a knife, was broken in two and burned, cast off by a man beholden to Shaver. The witness later took investigators to the location where the weapon was tossed and pleaded guilty to being an accessory.

Cline's remains were dumped on a hillside several miles from his home. Deputies were led to the location by Duve, who insisted he was not an active participant in the fatal assault, according to testimony.

Hopp said the defendants stole the victim's checkbook and wrote a number of checks to themselves after the murder.

Tips that Cline had been killed prompted investigators to obtain and serve a search warrant at his residence on March 21, 2006, where evidence showed Duve and Shaver had been staying in the double-wide trailer, according to the prosecution. The two were arrested days later.

Brenda August 18, 2012 at 01:28 AM
The sentence is in my opinion mild, as most of them are for any kind of murder. A life for a life is very simple and that can mean either life in prison or if that state has death penalty then so be it. It might also cut back on at least a few murders. Its a more disturbing murder then usual(if thats possible) because of the small amount of money this man recieved from Social Security checks each month. :/ A murder is a murder but you kind of think if someone is going to commit one, shouldnt it be for alot alot alot of money? I wonder why it took 6 years to get to trial and get them convicted? Also if they were out on bail that entire time?
T 22 August 18, 2012 at 05:51 PM
This is disturbing. This is not enough time
temeculan August 18, 2012 at 06:18 PM
There is a lot of "injustice" to go around here. The co-defendant, Chris Darrel Duve, was aquitted! Anyone (like me) who has been on a California jury can testify how this happens. Dim-bulb jurors who watch too much TV and expect "CSI-like" evidence look for any reason to let someone off. As a result, the prosecution is forced to cut these ridiculous deals.
KJO August 18, 2012 at 07:00 PM
WOW...Gotta love our Justice system...NOT!!!!!!
Blue Moon August 21, 2012 at 02:05 AM
That is a very mild sentence. I guess it is better punishment than the killers that killed our relative got.They got complete freedom and are free to kill again if they want to.Some criminal/killers just have more luck.

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