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Actor sentenced to life in prison for torture in 1990 gang rape

A man who had a bit part in the 1997 movie, "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," was sentenced last Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part in a 1990 kidnapping and gang rape. The man played Random Task, one of Dr. Evil's henchmen.

He was not linked to the violent sex crime until 2008 when he was convicted on a felony vandalism charge, and he was required to submit a sample of his DNA to police after he violated his probation on that charge.

Once the man submitted his DNA, it was matched to DNA collected from the victim of the 1990 crime. On August 25 of this year, the now 40-year-old man was convicted of a felony count of torture. He was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for the crime.

The gang rape occurred in 1990 on Christmas Eve. The actor and a co-defendant, also 40 now, kidnapped a woman as she was walking her dog outside her apartment. The 19-year-old woman was repeatedly raped in the back of the car and sodomized. She was also pistol-whipped and told that she was going to die.

The woman begged for her life and was eventually released by the men. She went to a nearby home -- naked, blindfolded by her own pants and injured badly -- and the people there called police.

The police collected DNA from the woman, which wouldn't lead to charging a suspect in the crime until almost two decades later. The other man involved in the crime pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison. The felonies he was charged with included kidnapping, sodomy by force in concert and kidnapping.

Source: Associated Press, "Actor sentenced to life in prison for gang rape," Sept. 11, 2011

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