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Jury convicts Sacramento’s ‘Roaming Rapist’

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Dereck Jermaine Sanders in the sexual assaults of 10 women over a five year period beginning in April 1998 and extending through March 2003.

Sanders, 41, had been dubbed “The Roaming Rapist” by local law enforcement officers for his attacks that took place all over Sacramento. He faces a maximum term of around 500 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Rob Gold. Judge Steve White scheduled Sanders’ sentencing for Dec. 5.

The jury found Sanders guilty on all 28 counts in the complaint that had been filed against him in November 2012. The complaint included 10 rapes and other sexual assaults and kidnaps of the 10 victims.

Sacramento sheriff’s detectives arrested and charged Sanders based on a “familial” DNA hit. They had obtained the genetic material of his brother, Ladell Lamont Sanders, in an earlier rape case, and it was his DNA that ultimately led detectives to Dereck Sanders.

Call The Bee’s Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141. Follow him on Twitter @andyfurillo.

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