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'Freeway rapist' faces 200 years

March 03, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

After a four-day trial, a man known as the Long Beach Freeway rapist could be sentenced to up to 200 years in state prison for raping and assaulting women and girls, prosecutors said Monday.

Daniel Sanchez, 24, was convicted of 60 of 80 felony counts -- including forcible rape, kidnapping, assault and robbery in connection with attacks on 12 victims between December 2001 and October 2003 -- by Superior Court Judge Gary Hahn, authorities said.

The 12 victims were between the ages of 14 and 40. Four of them did not testify, leading prosecutors to dismiss 17 counts. Sanchez was found not guilty of five counts.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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