CORONA — City of Corona police officials recently announced the arrest of a man wanted in connection with the November 2016 “gruesome murder” of Sharmon Jay Intili, a 46-year-old Corona resident and mother of two teenage daughters.
The investigation into the bloody incident, that officials said “has been ongoing since the original 911 call was received,” resulted in the arrest of Intili’s ex-boyfriend, 42-year-old, Mark Aaron Brierley. He was arrested Thursday, June 15.
Intili died after she was stabbed multiple times at her residence on the 1000 block of E. Grand Boulevard, between 10th and S. Howard Streets, in Corona.
The victim’s 17-year-old daughter found her mother’s lifeless body about 7 p.m., Riverside Police Sergeant Jason Perez explained at the time.
The investigation began when City of Corona emergency dispatchers received a frantic 911 call from Intili’s 17-year-old daughter. The distraught teenager told emergency dispatchers she had found her mother’s bloody and lifeless body inside the family’s residence.
When fire personnel arrived and located Intili unconscious and suffering from several stab wounds they summoned Corona police officers. Paramedics provided medical aid and made life-saving efforts at the home; however, the victim remained unresponsive and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Based on the circumstances and evidence at the scene, Corona PD detectives assumed the investigation into Intili’s death.
“Detectives have worked tirelessly in their efforts to solve this murder and bring the person responsible to justice,” Corona PD Public Information Officer, Senior Detective John Samano explained one month after Initili’s murder.
“During the course of the investigation it was learned that Intili had ended a relationship with her boyfriend a few weeks before her violent death.” Corona PD Public Information Officer, Senior Detective John Samano explained in an earlier release.
“According to friends and co-workers, (Intili) believed she was being stalked by her ex-boyfriend,” Semano explained. “She was fearful of him to the extent that she had a family friend assist her with changing the locks to the residence.”
Robert Douglas, a Corona resident, who previously said he was frustrated at the “lack of answers or resolution to the ongoing investigation” said, “I would rather see the police take their time and get it right than to rush to judgement and get it wrong.”
“Unlike television shows, investigating crimes like Intili’s murder take time to build a solid case against the accused and to make sure justice is truly served.” said Douglas.
During their investigation, detectives received assistance from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Investigations Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State of California Department of Justice Laboratory and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Corona police officials served “multiple search warrants at various locations” looking for evidence related to Initili’s murder. They also interviewed the victim’s neighbors and others the victim knew and they collected hours of video from different video cameras, according to Samano.
All the effort of their investigation paid off Thursday, June 15, when officials from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Jurupa Valley Police Station located and arrested Brierley as he left his place of employment near Etiwanda Avenue and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road in Jurupa Valley.
He was taken into custody “without incident,” with assistance from Corona PD detectives, and was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in downtown Riverside for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a concealed firearm.
A Corona PD press release indicated Brierley was booked into jail on suspicion of homicide and they reported his bail was set at $3 million; however, according to jail and Superior Courts records searches, Brierley had not been charged with murder and was only booked on charges related to the vehicle theft and weapons charge.
Brierley was arraigned this morning, June 19, at the Riverside Hall of Justice on the stolen vehicle and weapons charges. Neither Jail nor Superior Court records indicated any mention of murder-related charges.
In a late afternoon phone interview Corona Police Detective Lieutenant Sergio Banales confirmed officials were aware of the “clerical issue” and that Jail and Superior Court records did not accurately reflect Brierley’s pending murder charge.
“We have looked into it and confirmed Brierley is in fact being held on murder charges with a $3 million bail, Banales explained. “He is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges tomorrow.”
When told about Brierley’s arrest and pending murder charges, Douglas responded, “That’s fantastic. Maybe now we can get some answers and justice can be served in Sharmon’s death.”
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Senior Detective Brad Voorhees at (951) 279-3662 or by email. Callers can remain anonymous.