Santa Ana Man Fatally Shot at Ex-Girlfriend’s


A Santa Ana man was shot dead Monday night by a guest of his ex-girlfriend, police said.

Rodney Steven Robinson, 40, died of several gunshot wounds in the living room of the Santa Ana mobile home he once shared with Pamela Corry, 45, authorities said Tuesday.

The visitor, Lonnie Ray Sylvey, 47, of Santa Ana, was arrested in the shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. in a mobile home park in the 4000 block of 1st Street.

“It appears to be a lover’s triangle,” Sgt. Dennis Rios said. “She’s visiting with this guy. Robinson arrives, sees him there, a dispute erupts, and one thing leads to another.”


But Corry’s sister, Karen Whitworth, who shares the mobile home with her, said Sylvey was simply a friend who was there to offer protection in case Robinson came around.

Whitworth said Robinson threatened Corry and her because he could not accept the breakup. Corry ended the relationship after about three years of living together with Robinson.

“It was kind of difficult to make the break. She finally made the decision, but he was having trouble accepting it,” said Whitworth, who was in another room at the time of the shooting. She said Sylvey and Robinson were friends.

Sylvey, who waited with Corry for police to arrive, was booked on suspicion of murder and held at the Santa Ana Detention Facility.


Rios said police recovered a .25-caliber handgun believed to be the weapon used in the killing. No other weapons were found at the scene, he said.