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Canyon Country rapist to stay locked up for life

Arriano to serve 21 consecutive 25-to-life terms

Posted: March 5, 2009 1:44 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
SAN FERNANDO - Convicted rapist Adrian Arriano will serve 21 consecutive 25-to-life sentences for a series of 2007 rapes and break-ins that struck fear in residents of Canyon Country neighborhoods, a judge ruled Wednesday.

"It's unlikely Mr. Arriano will ever be released," San Fernando Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper said, after sentencing Arriano to 21 separate sentences of 25 years to life in prison - all connected to a series of sex crimes - and an additional life sentence for an assault with the intent of committing a rape.

The convicted Canyon Country rapist will also serve five years, six months for all the nonsexually related charges, including felony false imprisonment.

Arriano will serve his prison time on non-sexual charges before starting his life sentences, Scheper said.

Arriano, a two-time deportee, raped two women at knife point and broke into two more women's homes during a nine-month reign of terror. He eluded Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies until Sept. 10, 2007, when he was captured outside a Newhall apartment.

The victims and their families piled into the courtroom Wednesday for the sentencing. Arriano glared at the victims as he walked in, dressed in a blue Los Angeles County Corrections jumpsuit. The jumpsuit struck a stark contrast to the smoke-gray blazer and black shirt he wore at trial.

Arriano's demeanor remained ice-cold throughout the trial and sentencing. He never flinched as the victims made their pleas before Scheper.

"Obviously this affected my life tremendously. My greatest fear is his ability to do this again to any woman," said Attie T., Arriano's first rape victim, who was given an alias by the court to protect her identity.

Her voice cracked as she told the judge why Arriano should receive the harshest penalty possible. "I am to some extent in prison every day," Attie T. said.

Scheper's face looked drained as Arriano's second rape victim, Sheri C., spoke to the court. "He stole my soul," she said as tears cascaded down her face. Sheri C. has also been given an alias by the court to protect her identity.

A case of cold feet kept Arriano from apologizing to his victims before sentencing, said Julia Knox, Los Angeles County deputy public defender. Knox offered an apology to the victims and the families on behalf of her client.

Arriano sat motionless as Scheper read the verdicts. Knox told the court she will file a notice of appeal and request for counsel within 60 days. Knox won't represent Arriano in that appeal.

Arriano begins serving state prison time immediately, Scheper said.

Arriano faces an ICE deportation hearing if he's ever released from prison. However, that's unlikely considering the length if his sentence, Scheper said.

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