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* Leonel Carlos-Zaragoza sentenced for 2009 rape on Dutton Avenue in Santa Rosa

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A Santa Rosa man was sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court this morning to 25 years to life in prison for raping a woman in the back of a car last summer.Leonel Carlos-Zaragoza, 36, was convicted on Sept. 9 of kidnapping and raping the 18-year-old woman on July 24, 2009.The woman was walking on Dutton Avenue in Santa Rosa when Zaragoza abducted her at knifepoint and threw her into a car driven by his brother, Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said.The woman was raped in the backseat as the car traveled on U.S. Highway 101.California Highway Patrol Officer Marcus Hawkins tried to stop the speeding vehicle, but Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza led the officer on a chase to the Larkfield area.The Carlos-Zaragoza brothers fled the vehicle but were later arrested. DNA tests confirmed Leonel Carlos-Zaragoza was the rape suspect, the district attorney’s office said.Rogelio Carlos-Zaragoza was convicted in August of rape in concert in connection with the Santa Rosa rape and of kidnapping and raping two other women in 2006. He was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison.

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