OAKLAND -- A Mexican national was sentenced to 52 years to life in prison Friday for his role in a 2000 Oakland gang rape partially solved nine years later through DNA.
The female victim had been walking at 33rd and Market Streets on July 15, 2000, when two men in a Camaro hit her in the head and kidnapped her. They took her to a remote area of the Oakland Hills, where she was raped by four men, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
No arrests had been made in the case before Oakland police in 2009 identified 36-year-old Octavo Vivano as one of the rapists through DNA evidence. A jury convicted Vivano on Feb. 5 of four counts of rape in concert, and one count each of kidnapping for rape and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.
Speaking through a Spanish interpreter in court Friday, Vivano said he wanted the Mexican government to know that he's been wrongly convicted.
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