‘NorCal’ rapist Roy Waller sentenced to 897 years #Breaking112
Known as the “NorCal Rapist,” Waller was sentenced to 897 years to life in state prison Friday after he was convicted of crimes including kidnapping, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy and foreign penetration, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said.
Waller, now 60, assaulted women in six Northern California counties. In many instances, he would break into homes, bind his victims and repeatedly sexually assault them, according to the Sacramento police detective Avis Beery.
The serial rapist would usually strike at night and would sometimes kidnap the women and take them to ATMs where he would rob them, or he would steal items from their homes, Beery said.
‘It was a DNA case’
Since 2006, police have had DNA evidence linking six of the cases to the same suspect.
They were unable to determine the attacker was Waller, however, because his DNA was not in the state’s criminal offender database.
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.
Within days, Waller was arrested at his place of employment in Berkeley, according to prosecutors.
“It didn’t matter what I did,” Joe Farina, Waller’s defense attorney, said last month, in the wake of Waller’s conviction. “It was a DNA case. We could not overcome the fact that his DNA was at nearly all the crime scenes.”
In addition to the nine women who testified, retired officers, detectives and sexual assault forensic nurse examiners traveled from multiple states to Sacramento to present their testimony.
Some of these witnesses were retired and in their 80’s, according to the district attorney.
“The victims waited for decades for justice and it was only through the use of IGG that the identification and arrest of Waller was possible,” the district attorney’s office said in a new release.
“The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the original detectives from agencies in each jurisdiction on these cases who never gave up pursuing the offender.”
CNN’s Sarah Moon also contributed to this story.