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UPDATED: Arriano guilty of 27 of 29 charges

Sentencing set for March 4

Posted: February 3, 2009 3:03 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2009 4:56 a.m.
 

A jury convicted Adrian Arriano, the Canyon Country rapist, on 27 of 29 counts in San Fernando Court Tuesday.

Jurors acquitted Arriano, 31, on charges of attempted murder and robbery, potentially sparing him a longer sentence.

"I was happy to make sure justice was served," said the jury foreman, whose name was withheld for his protection.

It took the clerk more than 30 minutes to read all the verdicts in the Dept. H courtroom.

Arriano didn't flinch as the court clerk read of each of the 29 verdicts.

Sheri. C, the alias for one of Arriano's rape victims, embraced her family and friends after the verdicts were read. She thanked Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Angela Jordan for her work and the foreman of the jury for the verdict.

Arriano's victims declined comment after the verdict.

The jury convicted Arriano on 10 counts of forcible rape; five counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object; three counts of sodomy; three counts of forced oral copulation; four counts of burglary; one count of false imprisonment by violence and one count of assault to commit a felony during a burglary.

After presiding over 15 days of testimony by victims, eyewitnesses and a DNA expert, Judge Barbara Scheper gave the jury its instructions Friday morning.

Jordan and defense attorney Julia Knox delivered their closing arguments, and the jury weighed the evidence.

Knox conceded Arriano committed two rapes during her closing argument, but asked the jury to challenge the attempted murder charge.

"My feeling during closing testimony was that (the jury) was very attentive and listened and that they took each count separately," she said.

"Based on the information, no one on the jury felt the attempted murder charge was proven," the foreman said.

There was very little tension between jurors during the deliberations, the foreman said.

"We spent so much time deliberating because there were so many counts. We wanted to make sure we took some time talking about each count," he said.

Scheper will sentence Arriano, a two-time deportee, on March 4 in San Fernando Superior Court.

When and if Arriano finishes serving state time in California, he is facing a felony deportation hearing, said Virginia Kice, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman.

Arriano faces up to 20 additional years for felony reentry, Kice said.

Deputies arrested Arriano Sept. 10, 2007, after he burglarized a woman's home. Deputies quickly made the connection between Arriano and Canyon Country rapes committed on Jan. 8 and March 29 of 2007. Deputies also connected Arriano to a June 26, 2007, break-in at another woman's Canyon Country home.

Signal Online Editor Stephen K. Peeples contributed to this story.

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