By Cathy Locke
A man who kidnapped and assaulted four women, in some cases telling them he was a police officer, has been sentenced to 315 years to life in prison.
Albert Povadora, 35, was convicted in January of 17 counts including rape, sodomy, kidnapping and firearms offenses. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plavan to 315 years to life plus 17 years, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.
Officials say Povadora approached a woman on May 31, 2008, on Martin Luther King Boulevard. He approached her from behind with a firearm and forced her into a nearby alley, where he sexually assaulted her. Her rape trauma examination in the hospital produced a DNA sample from her attacker.
In early 2009, another woman was in downtown Sacramento when Povadora approached her from behind. He forced her into an alley, where she was assaulted and held against her will.
In August 2009, a third woman was near a light-rail station in downtown Sacramento when Povadora picked her up in his car. He drove her to a large vacant lot, where he pulled a gun and sexually assaulted her. During the assault, officials said, Povadora told the victim that he was a police officer.
Later that month, a woman was in the Stockton Boulevard area of Sacramento when Povadora picked her up in his car. This time, officials said, he was wearing a shirt with a law enforcement insignia and displayed a badge, telling the woman that he was a police officer. He took her to an alley off Alhambra Boulevard, where he sexually assaulted her.
When Povadora was arrested in September 2009, his DNA was analyzed by the District Attorney's Crime Lab and a match was made identifying him in the attack of the first victim in May 2008.
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