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* Santa Clara County, Christopher Melvin Holland Arrested For Rape Of 81-Year-Old From 1983 With Help From DNA Technology

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A 47-year-old man was convicted on May 27 for the burglary and sexual assault of an 81-year-old woman in 2001, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.David Leonard Holland was arrested in 2007 after being linked to the crime through DNA evidence, according to the district attorney’s office.The incident began when the victim woke up one night in her home in unincorporated Santa Clara County near San Jose with an intruder on top of her. The suspect threatened the woman and then sexually assaulted her, district attorney’s office spokesman Nick Muyo said.The suspect then made the woman shower with her clothes on and then took all of the phones from the home before fleeing the scene. The woman was able to go to a neighbor’s home and called her daughter, who alerted authorities.Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies investigated the case, recovered the woman’s clothes, and recovered a DNA sample from undergarments that had fallen next to her bed, according to the district attorney’s office.The woman passed away in 2004, but in 2007, investigators working an unrelated cold case homicide and sexual assault case from 1983 identified Christopher Melvin Holland as a possible suspect.Christopher Holland was on the run from law enforcement, but technology allowed for DNA evidence to be identified from members of the same family, and his brothers, including David Holland, voluntarily gave DNA samples that linked Christopher to the 1983 case.Christopher Holland was eventually arrested and will face trial in Santa Clara County in August, according to Muyo.In 2007, David Holland’s DNA was then run through a database that linked him to the sexual assault of the 81-year-old woman. He was arrested and the case went to trial in May, according to the district attorney’s office.On May 27, a jury convicted Holland of oral copulation charges, as well as enhancements for burglary, the victim’s age, and a prior strike, according to the district attorney’s office.He will be sentenced later this summer and is facing a maximum penalty of 56 years-to-life in prison.

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