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Nigerian man bags three life sentences plus 76 years in prison for raping, sodomizing 13-year-old girl in US

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Nigerian man bags three life sentences plus 76 years in prison for raping, sodomizing 13-year-old girl in US

A Nigerian man, Adedoja Olaniyi Bah, has been sentenced to three life sentences plus 76 years in prison for raping, molesting and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl in Douglas County in Colorado, United States.

Olaniyi, 32, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars on Wednesday, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

He was convicted on 12 counts in late October after a six-day jury trial.

Olaniyi was convicted of rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, battery, two counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated child molestation.

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AJC reports that on July 15, 2017, Olaniyi chased the teenager into some woods near a Reserve at Sweetwater Apartments where she lived before punching her, throwing her to the ground and holding her down, the release said. He then raped and sodomized her.

During the attack, Olaniyi threatened to kill her if she resisted, the release said.

The victim frantically ran to a family friend’s apartment for help after the attack, while Olaniyi calmly walked to his vehicle and drove away, the release said.

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He was arrested the following month by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He was visiting the United States at the time of the incident, officials said. He is from Nigeria and last lived in Japan.

Investigators were able to find surveillance footage that showed Olaniyi chase the victim into the woods, and two types of DNA evidence helped tie him to the crime, the release said. The victim also testified during the trial.

The jury returned the guilty verdict after less than an hour of deliberation.

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He received the maximum sentence allowed by law, which Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Samantha J. Newnan requested. She cited the “severity of the attack, the age of the victim, and (Olaniyi’s) complete lack of remorse” as the reasons for the strict sentencing.

Before he was sentenced, Olaniyi asked the court for mercy in the case, requesting to be allowed to return to Nigeria, the release said, but the request was denied

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