Sacto 9-1-1
February 17, 2011
Sacramento jury convicts man of rape/murder

By Andy Furillo

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Lamont Lee Rhinehart of the July 2007 murder of his child's mother, prosecutors said.

Jurors also found that Rhinehart, 37, stabbed and killed Avery Marie Polk, 27, during the commission of a rape.

The special circumstance allegation of the sex killing qualifies Rhinehart for a life term in prison with no chance of parole.

Judge Lloyd G. Connelly scheduled Rhinehart's sentencing for April 15.

According to court papers filed by Deputy District Attorney Ruanne Dozier, Polk and Rhinehart had broken up when he came to her Center Parkway apartment on July 2, 2007.

Polk's sister found her body two days later.

The prosecution's court papers said that Rhinehart has a history of domestic violence.

Court records showed he has three previous felony convictions, including one in 2005 for which he was sentenced to a two-year term in state prison.

Call The Bee's Andy Furillo, (916) 321-1141.

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