* Todd Burpee Sentenced To 43 Years For abducting And Sexually Assaulting A Palo Alto High School Student Oct. 2007
Published by Staff Writer on September 11, 2009
A man accused of beating, abducting and sexually assaulting a Palo Alto high school student on her way home from school in 2007 was sentenced today in Santa Clara County Superior Court to 43 years to life in state prison.Todd David Burpee, 22, will not be eligible for parole until he is 60 years old, according to Amy Cornell, spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.Burpee did not speak at the sentencing, she said.On May 28, a jury found Burpee guilty of two counts of assault with the intent of rape or sexual penetration, two counts of assault likely to cause great bodily injury, one count of kidnapping for the purpose of sexual assault, and one count of sexual penetration by force. He was acquitted of attempted murder. Prosecutor James Leonard said Burpee’s sentence was two years shy of the maximum for his case.”This is a very dangerous person and people no longer have to worry about him being on the streets,” he said.During Burpee’s trial, his victim, known in court records as Jane Doe, told jurors that she was attacked Oct. 30, 2007, as she was parking her bicycle outside the apartment complex on Arrastradero Road where her family lived. At the time, she was a 17-year-old student at Gunn High School.The woman said a man grabbed her by the neck, choking her and slammed her face against the pavement until she feigned unconsciousness to avoid further harm.Burpee put the teen in the back of his car and drove her to Sunnyvale, where he sexually assaulted her using his finger, prosecutor James Leonard told jurors. When Burpee left her alone in the car, the victim ran, losing her backpack, cell phone and one of her shoes in her dash to safety. Police arrested Burpee two days later as he waited in line at a San Jose fast food restaurant.
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