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Man convicted of raping 68-year-old Zephyrhills woman

DADE CITY — After deliberating an hour, a jury Wednesday found Bobby Lee Black III, 21, guilty of breaking into a 68-year-old Zephyrhills woman's house in 2007, raping her and leaving her for dead in a water-filled quarry.

Black was sentenced to three life terms in prison, on top of the three life sentences he received last year for raping a 66-year-old Zephyrhills woman a couple of weeks before this attack.

Jurors heard testimony Tuesday from both victims, who recounted how two masked men broke into their homes in the middle of the night demanding money. The woman who was 68 at the time of her attack described how she was punched, thrown into a van, raped, then taken to an ATM to withdraw money for her attackers.

Then the men threw her into the dark quarry and pushed her van in after her.

DNA evidence put the odds at 1 in 710 billion that she was raped by an African-American other than Black.

Black, pictured, was convicted in this case of sexual battery, kidnapping, home invasion robbery, aggravated battery of a person older than 65 and grand theft auto. He received life sentences for each of the first three charges, plus 30 years for the aggravated battery and five years for grand theft auto.

Black's alleged accomplice in both assaults, Jathniel McMichael, 20, awaits trial in both cases.

Man convicted of raping 68-year-old Zephyrhills woman 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 10:14pm]
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