A 20-year-old man accused of raping a woman at her North Highlands home and attempting to sexually assault a second woman on a nearby bike trail in the span of days in December 2014 faces a potential life sentence after pleading guilty to several crimes.
Ibrahima Wane, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court to allegations of rape by force during the commission of a burglary, sodomy by force, and assault with intent to commit rape or sodomy connected to incidents Dec. 20 and Dec. 31, 2014, according to Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Wane faces a sentence of 35 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced Feb. 23 in Sacramento Superior Court, district attorney’s officials said.
Wane was 19 when Sacramento prosecutors said he followed a woman to her home near Watt Avenue and A Street in North Highlands on Dec. 20, 2014, as she returned from a walk. Prosecutors said he pushed the 68-year-old woman inside as she opened the door and carried her to a bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her before taking money and fleeing the house.
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The woman was able to help investigators develop an artist’s rendering of her attacker, Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said at the time.
Less than two weeks later, prosecutors said, Ware yanked a 42-year-old woman off her bicycle on a bike trail at Watt Avenue and Peacekeeper Way just blocks from the site of the first attack and tried to remove her pants before the injured woman fought him off.
Wane was arrested Jan. 30 in the San Diego area in connection with the attacks.