February 22, 2024
Mark Thompson Hunter. Photograph credit score: Escondido police by way of CBSNews.com

A choose on Thursday sentenced a rapist to 130 years-to-life in state jail for the 1999 kidnapping and rape of a younger girl in Escondido.

Choose Robert Kearney handed down the prolonged sentence for Mark Thompson Hunter, 66, who was convicted by a jury in October of seven felony counts together with kidnapping, rape and sodomy three years after a group started taking a brand new have a look at the case.

The sufferer, 19, was approached by Thompson round 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, 1999 at a gasoline station. He requested her for instructions and he or she agreed to indicate him the precise location by having him comply with her automotive in his van.

When the sufferer bought to an space close to Valley Parkway and Fig Road, the person waved her right into a parking zone. The attacker then pulled her into his van and drove her to a dead-end road.

The sufferer fought again, however couldn’t maintain Thompson off. She was raped a number of instances after which launched with the suspect taking off.

Regardless of the attacker’s DNA being recovered by a forensic medical examination, out there DNA testing on the time didn’t match any people in a statewide offender database.

In 2020, a chilly case squad re-examined the DNA, and utilizing genealogical DNA expertise, investigators linked it to Hunter who was residing in Hemet when he was arrested.

“Justice was delayed, however because of investigators on the FBI, Sheriff’s Crime Lab, Escondido Police Division and District Lawyer’s Workplace, who leveraged the facility of recent DNA and by no means gave up, this rapist is now being held accountable for his crimes,” stated San Diego County District Lawyer Summer season Stephan. Deputy District Lawyer Claudia Plascencia prosecuted the case.

Familial DNA looking was pioneered within the U.Okay, serving to in 2002 in what was believed to be the primary conviction utilizing the approach. In 2008, California turned the primary state within the U.S. to authorize the testing; Colorado adopted a 12 months later.

In 2016, a 25-year-old chilly case was solved after familial DNA testing supplied investigators with key info that solved the San Diego homicide of Angela Kleinsorge. The sufferer, 84, was discovered raped and murdered in her house in February 1992. 

“Investigative family tree methods have really revolutionized how regulation enforcement businesses can pursue justice,” stated FBI San Diego Particular Agent in Cost Stacey Moy. “The FBI, together with our companions, have a steadfast dedication to the pursuit of justice for victims of crimes and their households. Technological developments permit us to have extra profitable investigations, regardless of the passage of time.”