JBLM Army Soldier Shawn Woods Died Saving a Woman Stabbed in Back by Boyfriend; Chase Devyver Sentenced to 31 Years in Prison (2014)

Shawn Woods

Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Woods, US Army

Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Woods (JBLM, Washington) was fatally stabbed Sunday, January 19, 2014 while trying to stop an assault outside his home. Chase Devyver was arguing with his girlfriend in the early morning hours in a parked car in front of their residence. When the girlfriend exited the vehicle and began walking toward the house, the defendant followed and stabbed her from behind. Shawn awoke to the screams and intervened in the assault but Devyver stabbed him to death. Shawn Woods died protecting a domestic assault victim. She was hospitalized but lived. He is a hero. Woods was slated to retire from the military after serving 20 years on active duty. Devyver was sentenced to 31 years.

Murdered JBLM soldier identified as member of 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
Cedar Hill war veteran dies protecting assault victim
Suspect charged in JBLM soldier’s stabbing death
Man charged in JBLM soldier’s stabbing death
Suspect charged in Lewis-McChord soldier’s stabbing death
Man Charged with Murder in Stabbing of Soldier
Man charged with fatally stabbing JBLM soldier who came to woman’s aid
Cedar Hill war veteran dies protecting assault victim
Jury convicts man in stabbing death
Man convicted in stabbing death of JBLM soldier
Man sentenced to 31 years in stabbing death
Killer of good Samaritan soldier from JBLM gets 30-plus-year sentence
Man sentenced to 31 years in soldier’s stabbing death
War veteran died a hero on the home front
Washington State Domestic Violence Fatalities (Jan 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015)
Honoring Shawn Woods, US Army, in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unusual Suspects Premiered ‘Vanished in Reno’ on Investigation Discovery: The Rape & Murder of Brianna Denison Leads to Nevada Passing Brianna’s Law (January 12, 2014)

ID Go: When a young college student is abducted from a friend’s home in the middle of the night, the city of Reno lives in fear of who might be next. Dogged investigation leads detectives to a serial rapist who’s just escalated to murder. -Vanished in Reno, Unusual Suspects (S6,E1)

“The bill mandates a DNA cheek-swab whenever a person is booked for a felony arrest. If the arrest is deemed legitimate, the DNA would be cross-referenced with DNA from other crime scenes to see if the arrestee was involved. The proposal is named after Brianna Denison who was raped and murdered by James Biela in Reno in 2008. Proponents believe such a law may have saved Denison because Biela had a prior felony arrest.”

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Related Links:
Vanished in Reno | Unusual Suspects | Investigation Discovery (website)
Vanished in Reno | Unusual Suspects | Investigation Discovery (S6,E1)
Vanished in Reno | Unusual Suspects | Investigation Discovery (Amazon)
College Student Brianna Denison Kidnapped, Raped and Strangled by a Former Marine in Reno, Nevada; James Biela Sentenced to Death (January 20, 2008)
From May 2013: Brianna’s Law officially becomes Nevada state law
Brianna’s Law has matched more than 1,000 DNA samples to crimes