Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Deverick Lockett - Repeat Sex Offender - Convicted by DNA match

A registered sex offender has been convicted of multiple counts of kidnapping and rape in violent attacks on women in Sacramento and Sonoma counties in 2007, officials said.

Deverick Lockett was found guilty Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court, according to a statement by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. He faces a possible punishment of 94 years to life in prison at sentencing Dec. 8.

Lockett was convicted of attacking a 22-year-old woman who stopped at a Rohnert Park gas station around 1 a.m. Sept. 20, 2007. She was attacked from behind as she got into her car, beaten unconscious and carried to a trash bin area, where she was raped. She suffered six facial fractures in the attack, the statement said.

Three days later, a Carmichael woman returning to her apartment after working a graveyard shift was attacked in the parking lot, beaten and carried to a laundry room. A neighbor who saw the abduction came to her rescue, but she suffered injuries requiring 50 stitches in her face, officials said.

A shirt that was caught on a fence as the attacker fled provided DNA matching the Sept. 23, 2007, attack to Lockett, who is a registered sex offender, the DA's statement said. During his prosecution for the Carmichael crime, a hit from a national DNA database of criminals also matched Lockett's DNA to the Rohnert Park attack, the statement said.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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