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NORTH HOLLYWOOD : Parolee Sentenced to 24 Years for Rape

September 02, 1993|THOM MROZEK

After evidence from DNA testing linked him to the crime, a prison parolee was sentenced to 24 years in state prison Wednesday for raping an 83-year-old North Hollywood woman.

Juan Molina, a 37-year-old Mexican national, pleaded guilty last week to forcible rape and robbery. He had previously been convicted of rape and burglary.

The victim testified at a preliminary hearing in June that she was lounging in her small residence when she was surprised by a man who demanded money and then hit her on the head.

Although the victim could not identify her attacker, Molina was linked to the May 6, 1992, crime by DNA evidence that took 10 months to evaluate.

After comparing genetic material recovered as evidence with a sample of Molina's blood, scientists determined there was a match that was shared by only one in 9.5 million people.

Police sought a sample of Molina's blood after they found his fingerprints on a beer bottle in a house next to the victim's residence.

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