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Man gets 7 life terms in kidnapping

June 24, 2008|Richard Winton

A Rolling 40s gang member convicted with another man of kidnapping a woman from a parking lot, and then robbing and repeatedly raping her during a daylong ordeal, was sentenced Monday to more than 352 years in prison.

Denson Henderson, 28, was sentenced to seven life terms by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox for masterminding the kidnapping and sexual assault and won't be eligible for parole for 352 years and four months.

In October, jurors convicted Henderson and co-defendant Jovanny P. Theus, 27, of multiple counts of sexual assault for the February 2006 crimes. The two gang members abducted the victim from the parking lot of a West Hollywood restaurant, then drove her to several ATMs in a failed attempt to withdraw money. They then repeatedly raped her at a South Los Angeles home.

Henderson and Theus were connected to the crimes after their arrest a month later in an unrelated assault with a deadly weapon.

Theus was sentenced in April to five consecutive life terms, with a minimum of 245 years and four months in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

-- Richard Winton

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