A man was on Friday sentenced to 897 years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple crimes including forcible rape.
Roy Charles Waller was sentenced by a Sacramento County District Attorney Office after he was found guilty of kidnapping, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy and foreign penetration.
CNN reports that Waller, 60, is a serial rapist who terrorised residents in six Northern California counties for more than 15 years.
In a case that has been dragging for ten years, Waller was in November convicted by a Sacramento jury on 46 counts, in a series of assaults on nine women between 1991 and 2006.
A Sacramento police detective recounts that Waller would break into his victims’ houses, bind them before repeatedly sexually assaulting them.
Apart from sexually assaulting his victims, Waller would kidnap women and force them to withdraw money from their ATMs, and rob them of other valuable items.
Police had DNA evidence linking six assault cases to one suspect. It was, however, difficult to determine the offender because Wallers DNA was not in the states database of criminal offenders.
“The breakthrough finally came in September 2018, when biological evidence left at the crime scene of one of the women who’d been sexually assaulted was used to develop a specialized DNA profile, according to the district attorney’s office.
“Using cutting-edge investigative genetic genealogy, (IGG), investigators tracked down a list of the perpetrator’s potential relatives were able to narrow in on Waller as the suspect,” CNN reports.
Nine women, retired officers, detectives and sexual assault forensic examiners were lined up as prosecution witnesses. Some of them were retired and in their 80s.