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What was the sentence for 2014 crime spree in Antelope, North Highlands?

Q: How much time was Latrale Way sentenced to, and where is he serving time?

Gloria, Antelope

A: Latrale Dupree Way and co-defendant Anthony Maurice Cotton remain in Sacramento County Jail awaiting sentencing.

Way, 20, was convicted in November of 17 felony counts, including armed robbery, burglary, aggravated kidnapping and rape in a series of crimes that occurred between June 30 and Oct. 19, 2014 in the Antelope and North Highlands areas.

Cotton, 21, was found guilty of 10 counts including kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with intent to commit rape and attempted robbery.

Both men currently are scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 13, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online.

Prosecutors argued that Way and Cotton were part of a four-man team that forced entry to homes, and attacked and robbed couples at a North Highlands park.

The spree began June 30, 2014, when the four held a man at gunpoint in the driveway of his Antelope home, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee. Prosecutors said they forced the man inside, where they ransacked the home, trained guns on the man, his daughter and her children, and attempted to rape the woman before leaving with jewelry, electronics and other items.

Weeks later, Way burglarized an Antelope home on July 13, 2014, and Cotton broke into an Antelope-area home on July 27, 2014.

On Oct. 3, 2014, Way, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, and two others robbed a man and woman about 1 a.m. at Robert Frost Park in North Highlands, then led the woman back to her car. Prosecutors said the three men ransacked the car, then told the woman to drive to an ATM for more cash before Way raped her in her car.

A couple of weeks later, on Oct. 19, Way, Cotton and two other men attacked and attempted to rob another man and woman in the same park. Way groped the woman while Cotton threatened to shoot the man. The four men robbed another man in his car at the park.

The other men, Donny Smith, 20, and Lamar Edwards, 19, pleaded no contest to robbery in the case. Smith was sentenced to 10 years in state prison and is at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe. Edwards was sentenced to 16 years in prison and is at San Quentin State Prison.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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