LOS ANGELES – A man convicted of sexually assaulting three women in Los Angeles and two women in Lancaster was sentenced Wednesday to 150 years to life in state prison.
James Smith was convicted of nine felony charges stemming from attacks on a 21-year-old woman in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2009; a 43-year-old woman in Los Angeles on Sept. 24, 2011; a 33-year-old woman in Los Angeles on March 22, 2012; a 28-year-old woman in Lancaster on Dec. 6, 2013; and a 19-year-old college student in Lancaster on June 16, 2014.
Smith was arrested in Lancaster after the final attack, in which he pulled the woman into his car near the Antelope Valley College campus, drove her to a vacant house and sexually assaulted her, according to Deputy District Attorney Lowrie Mendoza.
DNA evidence linked the 38-year-old Lancaster resident to each of the attacks, the prosecutor said.
Smith was convicted of three counts of forcible rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation and one count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object, sodomy by use of force, attempted sodomy by use of force and kidnapping.
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