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Life without parole for defendant in California murder case

Roseville, California, residents may have heard of the May 18 sentencing of a man convicted by a Sacramento jury trial of sexual assault and murder. The man, convicted in April, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, the defendant has maintained his innocence through the entire court process, and he again vowed in court at his sentencing to continue his efforts to be exonerated.

The defendant worked as a medical transport worker, and often went to the senior-living complex where the victim lived because he had a client who lived there. He also indicated to police that he had a relationship with the victim, which is why his DNA was found at the scene. Prosecutors alleged that an increase in court-ordered child support lead the defendant to rob the victim. Prosecutors also brought up his past convictions on drugs and other charges in building their case against him.

While the defendant expressed sorrow to the victim's family, as well as his own family, he vehemently denied involvement in the crime and insisted that he would continue to fight for his freedom.

Although our society must place the highest faith in the jury trial process, news reports abound with instances of wrongful convictions and DNA exonerations. But the best course of action for anyone accused in a case involving sexual assault is to seek legal representation immediately, even before charges are filed. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can review the charges and offer you options for your defense.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Convicted rapist-murderer in Sacramento gets life term without parole," Andy Furillo, May 19, 2012

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