A man was sentenced today to 52 years to life in state prison for participating in the gang rape of a woman in Oakland 14 years ago. In a case that went unsolved for many years until DNA evidence connected him to the crime, 36-year-old Octavio Vivano was convicted last month of four counts of forcible rape in concert, one count of kidnapping for rape and one count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily for the July 15, 2000, incident.
Prosecutors said the victim in the case was walking in the area of 33rd and Market streets in Oakland when a Camaro approached her from behind, she was struck on the side of her face and two men forced her into the waiting car. The woman was then driven to a remote location in the Oakland Hills, where she was forcibly raped by Vivano and three other men, prosecutors said.
After the men raped the woman they threw her out of the car and drove away, according to prosecutors. Oakland police linked Vivano to the rape in 2009 through DNA evidence and the woman identified him as the man who drove the Camaro, prosecutors said. Vivano was sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson today. Prosecutors said Vivano is the only one of the four suspects in the case who has been identified and prosecuted.
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