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August 12, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since his arrest last month, more details have emerged about Simi Valley serial rape suspect Vincent Henry Sanchez that show a man with a nearly decade-old criminal history who authorities believe became increasingly violent. His estranged girlfriend, as recently as January, accused Sanchez, 30, of making death threats, according to court documents. He had been in trouble long before that, however.
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November 5, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley serial rapist Vincent Sanchez was sentenced to death Tuesday for the kidnap-slaying of a 20-year-old community college student, a crime that stunned residents in the relatively crime-free suburb. Sanchez did not ask for leniency or plead for his life during the court hearing. Instead, the 33-year-old construction worker apologized and told Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ken Riley that he deserved to die for killing one woman and raping numerous others.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley serial rapist Vincent Sanchez was sentenced to death Tuesday for the kidnap-slaying of a 20-year-old community college student, a crime that stunned residents in the relatively crime-free suburb. Sanchez did not ask for leniency or plead for his life during the court hearing. Instead, the 33-year-old construction worker apologized and told Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ken Riley that he deserved to die for killing one woman and raping numerous others.
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September 3, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ventura County jurors who convicted serial rapist Vincent Sanchez of first-degree murder spent five hours considering a death sentence for him on Tuesday, the first day of deliberations in the penalty phase of his trial. Sanchez, 32, shot a community college student in Moorpark as she drove home on July 5, 2001. Jurors concluded after a three-month trial that Sanchez kidnapped and attempted to rape Megan Barroso, 20, after he shot her.
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August 2, 2001 | From Times staff writers
Authorities are investigating a possible link between the suspected Simi Valley serial rapist and the disappearance of Megan Barroso, a 20-year-old Moorpark woman whose bullet-riddled car was found three weeks ago under a freeway overpass. A team of sheriff's deputies searched the Simi Valley home of Vincent Henry Sanchez late Tuesday night, seizing an assault rifle, women's clothing, videotapes and other possessions.
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August 2, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Authorities are investigating a possible link between the suspected Simi Valley serial rapist and the disappearance of Megan Barroso, a 20-year-old Moorpark woman whose bullet-riddled car was found three weeks ago under a freeway overpass. During a search of the Simi Valley home of rape suspect Vincent Henry Sanchez late Tuesday, sheriff's deputies seized an assault rifle, women's clothing, videotapes and other possessions.
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August 2, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michelle Ballina hadn't slept worry-free in years knowing a serial rapist was on the loose. The 19-year-old Simi Valley woman took a self-defense class, bought pepper spray and triple-locked her doors and windows. Jan Trerise, 59, feared so much for her daughter that she installed motion sensors at their house. Vicki Fernelius, a mother of three children, put her faith in her two guard dogs and the local police and just waited for authorities to catch the man.
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August 11, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Defending serial rapist Vincent Sanchez against accusations of sexually motivated murder was no easy task. But defense attorneys now face an even greater challenge: convincing jurors who convicted Sanchez that he does not deserve to die for killing a 20-year-old Moorpark College student during a kidnapping and rape attempt two years ago.
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October 19, 2002 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
A California appellate court has denied a request by serial rapist and accused killer Vincent Sanchez to plead guilty to murder without specifying the degree of the crime. The court ruled that because Sanchez is charged with first-degree murder and special circumstance allegations that allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty, he cannot "recast" the charge as murder without a degree.
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September 3, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Ventura County jurors who convicted serial rapist Vincent Sanchez of first-degree murder spent five hours considering a death sentence for him on Tuesday, the first day of deliberations in the penalty phase of his trial. Sanchez, 32, shot a community college student in Moorpark as she drove home on July 5, 2001. Jurors concluded after a three-month trial that Sanchez kidnapped and attempted to rape Megan Barroso, 20, after he shot her.
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August 30, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County prosecutors Friday urged jurors to return a death sentence for convicted serial rapist and murderer Vincent Sanchez, arguing that his crimes warranted the most extreme punishment under the law. Defense lawyers, meanwhile, told jurors in closing arguments that their client, whom they described as a "pathetic loser," no longer posed a danger and should be imprisoned for the rest of his life. "Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Defending serial rapist Vincent Sanchez against accusations of sexually motivated murder was no easy task. But defense attorneys now face an even greater challenge: convincing jurors who convicted Sanchez that he does not deserve to die for killing a 20-year-old Moorpark College student during a kidnapping and rape attempt two years ago.
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June 20, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
It was a somber scene Thursday as jurors in the Vincent Sanchez murder trial toured the freeway interchange where Moorpark College student Megan Barroso was killed and the desolate ravine near Simi Valley where her decomposed body was later found. Sanchez, 32, of Simi Valley has pleaded guilty or no contest to criminal charges in connection with numerous rapes and assaults between 1996 and 2001.
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May 30, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Murder defendant Vincent Sanchez drove alongside a steep ravine in the Simi Valley hills a week before the slaying of college student Megan Barroso and remarked to a friend that it would be a good place to hide a body, according to court testimony. Barroso's remains were found in a ravine southeast of the city on Aug. 4, 2001. She had died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
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May 23, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
The sheer thong panties found on the remains of slain Moorpark College student Megan Barroso were not the same underwear she was wearing in the hours before she died, her best friend testified Thursday. Lindsay Gross told jurors that when Barroso changed clothes at her house before they went out with friends, she was wearing plain cotton bikini-style panties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2002 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
A California appellate court has denied a request by serial rapist and accused killer Vincent Sanchez to plead guilty to murder without specifying the degree of the crime. The court ruled that because Sanchez is charged with first-degree murder and special circumstance allegations that allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty, he cannot "recast" the charge as murder without a degree.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
It was a somber scene Thursday as jurors in the Vincent Sanchez murder trial toured the freeway interchange where Moorpark College student Megan Barroso was killed and the desolate ravine near Simi Valley where her decomposed body was later found. Sanchez, 32, of Simi Valley has pleaded guilty or no contest to criminal charges in connection with numerous rapes and assaults between 1996 and 2001.
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May 30, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Murder defendant Vincent Sanchez drove alongside a steep ravine in the Simi Valley hills a week before the slaying of college student Megan Barroso and remarked to a friend that it would be a good place to hide a body, according to court testimony. Barroso's remains were found in a ravine southeast of the city on Aug. 4, 2001. She had died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
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August 12, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since his arrest last month, more details have emerged about Simi Valley serial rape suspect Vincent Henry Sanchez that show a man with a nearly decade-old criminal history who authorities believe became increasingly violent. His estranged girlfriend, as recently as January, accused Sanchez, 30, of making death threats, according to court documents. He had been in trouble long before that, however.
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August 11, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serial rape suspect Vincent Henry Sanchez, accused of assaulting 11 Simi Valley women over the past five years, pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday. Sanchez, 30, who is also a suspect in the disappearance and slaying of a 20-year-old Moorpark woman, also pleaded not guilty to burglary and kidnapping charges during a brief hearing in Ventura County Superior Court.
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