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District Attorney Jan Scully announced that the Honorable Steve White sentenced 41-year old Dereck Jermaine Sanders to 396 years to life in prison.

On October 15, 2014, a jury convicted Sanders on all 28 counts of sexual assault and kidnapping charges. Coined the “Roaming Rapist,” Sanders committed a series of 10 violent sexual assaults in the city and county of Sacramento between 1998 and 2003.

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These cases were all linked through DNA matches to the same unknown assailant. In 2012, the District Attorney’s Crime Lab requested the California Department of Justice perform a familial DNA search. The search returned a DNA match to DNA already in the database from a close relative of the unknown perpetrator.

Using that relative as a lead, further investigation and subsequent DNA analysis identified Sanders as the Roaming Rapist.

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