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* Deverick Lockett Convicted In Sacramento For Two Cases Of Sexual Assault

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A former Sebastopol man has been convicted in Sacramento County Superior Court of beating and sexually assaulting a woman in Rohnert Park two years ago, Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said Tuesday afternoon.Deverick Lockett, 27, also was convicted of attempting to sexually assaulting a woman in Sacramento three days after the Rohnert Park assault, Passalacqua said. Both cases were simultaneously tried in Sacramento to avoid the victims from having to testify twice, Passalacqua said.The jury deliberated 40 minutes before returning verdicts and Lockett faces a life sentence plus 94 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8, Passalacqua said.Lockett was identified through a “cold hit” DNA analysis as the suspect in the Rohnert Park case, Passalacqua said. He was found to be in the Sacramento County jail where he was awaiting a trial in the Sacramento incident, Passalacqua said.The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety found a woman
bleeding at the Shell gas station at 1484 E. Cotati Ave. around 1:15 a.m. Sept. 20, 2007. She was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment of facial fractures and for a sexual assault exam in which a DNA sample was taken, Passalacqua said.The young woman was attacked from behind, beaten unconscious and sexually assaulted, Passalacqua said.Three days later a 46-year-old woman was attacked from behind and dragged semi-conscious from the parking lot of an apartment complex in Sacramento where the suspect tried to sexually assault her, Passalacqua said.A neighbor interrupted the assault. Lockett fled but was caught several hours later, Passalacqua said. The woman suffered facial lacerations that required 100 sutures, Passalacqua said.Chief Deputy District Attorney Joan Risse prosecuted the Sonoma County case in Sacramento and Rohnert Park Public Safety Detective John Gilson investigated the case.

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