Man linked by DNA to cold case rapes gets 35 years in prison
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana man tied by DNA evidence to six rape cases from the 1980s has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports 52-year-old inmate Alfred Berry was sentenced Friday in New Orleans.
He had been acquitted of two rape charges at a trial in 1988. At another trial that year, the jury deadlocked on a rape charge but convicted Berry of armed robbery. The judge gave him 99 years in prison, the maximum sentence.
Some of the women spoke at Friday's hearing and recalled how Berry appeared out of nowhere, raped and robbed them. One victim had been held at gunpoint, another at knifepoint.
Berry pleaded guilty earlier this month to six counts of second-degree rape and six counts of second-degree kidnapping under a plea agreement.
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