Los Gatos ‘Party Mom’ attacked by 5 inmates in jail

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Five female inmates attacked Shannon O’Conneer, the Los Gatos ‘Party Mom’, in a Santa Clara County jail. 

The five inmates are to be arraigned in court this week for the October 24, 2022 attack at Elmwood Correctional Facility. 

O’Connor was arrested in late 2021 and is accused of throwing parties for underage boys and girls and pressuring teenagers into having sex with each other. 

According to the District Attorney’s Office, O’Connor hosted disturbing and dangerous parties between 2020 to 2021 without her husband’s knowledge. 

The married 47-year-old O’Connor would lure victims to her Los Gatos mansion through social media and through her sons who go to Los Gatos High School. 

Investigators said that female victims were sexually assaulted by boys while intoxicated and O’Connor watched. 

O’Connor is charged with 39 criminal counts, including felony child endangerment and sexual battery. 

While waiting for trial, court documents revealed that five inmates attacked O’Connor on October 24, 2022, while inside a dorm room. The assault lasted for sixteen seconds until deputies arrived. 

The inmates beat O’Connor with their bare hands, as well as kicked her. O’Connor was transported to a hospital for her injuries and was returned to jail afterward. 

The inmates involved in the attack were identified in court records as Erika Amaya, Danielle Chavez, Sophia Vigil, Anita Quiroz, and Marjaana Gardea. 

The “Party Mom,” meanwhile, currently has no chance of getting out of jail because a judge denied granting bail last year.

Her ex-husband said O’Connor is a “menace to society” and needs to remain locked up. “I know her. I know what she is capable of. She has the financial means and arrogance to break the law again,” her ex-husband said.

O’Connor’s current husband, Robert Amaral, reportedly filed for divorce after her arrest.


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