Sacto 9-1-1
May 20, 2011
Roseville man sentenced to 25 to life for kidnap/rape

A 30-year-old Roseville man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the kidnap and rape of a 24-year-old woman.

Justin Lee Mitchell was sentenced May 13 in Auburn by Placer County Superior Court Judge Marc S. Curry.

Mitchell pleaded guilty March 30 to kidnapping and rape with a foreign object, according to a Placer County District Attorney's Office news release.

In the early morning of May 26, 2010, Mitchell stalked the victim after she left a downtown Roseville bar. He tackled her, dragged her into some bushes and choked her into unconsciousness, the release states.

After the rape, the woman was able to run to a nearby residence and call police.

The woman did not know her attacker, but police found Mitchell walking nearby, covered with dirt and scratches, and arrested him, the release states.

In pronouncing the sentence, Judge Curry cited Mitchell's record of 14 prior convictions for felony and misdemeanor crimes, including vehicle theft, domestic violence, child endangerment, and drug charges, as well as the nature of the conduct in this case, the release states.

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