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DATE: September 30, 2015
CASE: Will Smith, Jr.
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Allison Dunham, Adult Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit
Thirty-three-year-old Will Smith, Jr. was convicted by jury of multiple counts of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, assault with intent to commit rape as well as kidnapping and robbery in attacks against three separate women in two counties.
On May 30, 2012, a woman was strangled and sexually assaulted near Watt and El Camino Avenue by an unknown assailant. The victim submitted to a sexual assault examination. The sexual assault kit was analyzed by the District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services, and a DNA profile was identified and submitted to the state DNA Data Bank. On October 16, 2012, the District Attorney’s forensics lab was notified that the DNA profile matched Smith. Smith was arrested, charged, and arraigned.
During Smith’s pending case, the District Attorney’s Office was notified that Smith’s DNA profile matched the DNA profile from a January 2012 sexual assault and robbery of woman in Oakland. He was also a suspect in a July 2013 sexual assault in Oakland. The Alameda County District Attorney authorized the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute the allegations arising out of Oakland.
Deputy District Attorney Allison Dunham states, “This case demonstrates the value of DNA and the DNA Databank. Two cold case sexual assaults were solved and the offender has been brought to justice.”
Smith faces a maximum potential sentence of 57 years in prison. Sentencing is set for October 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 40 before the Honorable Richard Sueyoshi.
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