A man accused of kidnapping a woman from a Citrus Heights gas station and sexually assaulting her has been sentenced to 336 years in prison.
Steven Porter, 38, who had a prior-strike conviction under California’s “three-strikes” law, pleaded no contest in July to kidnapping and sexual assault charges. He was sentenced Monday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin McCormick.
On Dec. 3, 2015, a woman was working alone at a 76 gas station in Citrus Heights when Porter entered the store, took out a knife and forced her out of the store, threatening to stab her if she didn’t comply, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Porter forced the woman to walk at knifepoint about a half-mile to a trailer where he lived. He then repeatedly sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.
After the assault, the woman persuaded Porter to let her leave by agreeing to be his friend and not press charges. She memorized the street address and contacted police. Officers quickly arrived at the location and saw Porter outside holding the knife he had used to assault the woman.
Surveillance video, the woman’s identification of Porter in a photo lineup and DNA evidence proved Porter was the assailant, authorities said.
Porter’s history includes a 2006 prior-strike conviction for assault with a deadly weapon and a 2001 conviction for stalking with intent to cause fear.