Ali Achekza, International Man of Serial Rape, Convicted
That's how much prison time the so-called "international serial rapist" faces at his Jan. 27 sentencing in Santa Ana, following the 33-year-old's conviction Thursday of six felony counts including forcible rape and aggravated assault.
Achekzaki was wanted for sexually assaulting three women in Orange County and San Diego in 2002 and 2004 when he fled to Canada and later Austria, where he was accused of a separate 2009 rape in Salzburg. Austrian authorities later discovered DNA from that case matched samples from the California rapes.
The capture of the one-time Ladera Ranch resident, who occupied a spot on District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' 10 Most Wanted list, prompted the DA to remark at a January 2010 press conference, "This guy is the poster boy for a one-strike law." Achekzaki was extradited to California in August 2010.
Achekzai was with a male cousin at a San Diego nightclub on May 3, 2004, when he met two women. The party of four later moved on to Mount Soledad, where Achekzai got one of the women, who was 21, to go on a walk with him. Once alone, he grabbed her and pulled her to the ground as she struggled to get away. He would go on to repeatedly hit and punch her, threatening to kill her if she screamed. He then covered her mouth with his hand as he forcibly raped and sexually penetrated her in the bushes. He threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the rape.