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Convicted Rapist Sentenced 90 Years to Life

Deputy District Attorney Amy Holliday, Adult Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit District Attorney Jan Scully announced that the Honorable Maryanne Gilliard sentenced Francis Palacio to 90 years to life in state prison.

On January 16, 2014, a jury convicted Palacio of seven charges, including forcible sexual intercourse, or al copulation, sexual penetration with a foreign object, and kidnapping for the purpose of committing rape. The jury also found true allegations that Palacio kidnapped the vi ctim during the commission of each offense. 

On July 13, 2012, the victim was walking on Walerga Road near Kirkby Way when Palacio stopped her to ask what she was doing in the ar ea. After a brief conversation, Palacio pushed her over the guardrail at the side of the road, got on top of her, and began strangling her when she screamed. When she at tempted to wave for help, Palacio dragged her down the embankment out of the view of passing traffic. 

He then committed forcible sexual acts against her and kicked her in the head multiple times before fleeing. The victim called 911, but responding Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were not able to located Palacio. Palacio was ultimately identified as a suspect through the use of DNA analysis performed by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Crime Lab. 

Deputy District Attorney Amy Holliday commended Sacramento County Sheriff’s Detective Bradley Jones and District Attorney Victim Advocate Mailyn Chuong for their hard work and dedication to obtaining justice for this victim

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