Friday, August 24, 2012

Man draws 200 years-to-life sentence for 2011 sexual assaults - Sacramento Bee (blog)

A 62-year-old Sacramento man has been sentenced to 200 years to life in prison for rape and sexual assault of two women.

Edward Charles Gellock was convicted last month by a Sacramento County jury and sentenced today by Superior Court Judge David De Alba.

On April 2, 2011, Gellock lured a homeless woman into his apartment by promising her a warm and dry place to sleep. Once she was inside, he beat, choked and sexually assaulted her, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Two weeks later, on April 23, he beat, choked and raped his female In-Home Supportive Services worker.

When Sacramento police responded to Gellock's residence at the Ping Yuen Senior Apartments at 420 I St., he kept officers at bay by holding a cigarette lighter to an oxygen tank and threatening to blow up the apartment if they came any closer. The apartment complex was evacuated, and Gellock was subsequently taken into custody.

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