2 More Life Terms for East Coast Rapes

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    This undated handout photo provided by the Prince William County, Va., Police Department shows Aaron Thomas. Thomas. accused of being the East Coast Rapist, allegedly responsible for 17 sexual assaults over a decade, will not be evaluated again for competency to stand trial. Defense attorneys for Aaron Thomas had sought a second report after they say Thomas began trying to injure himself and stopped speaking to them. But a judge in Manassas denied the request Friday, agreeing with prosecutors that there was no reason for a new evaluation. (AP Photo/Prince William County, Va. Police Department)

    A New Haven man has received two more life sentences for the 2001 kidnapping and rape of a Leesburg woman that was one of many rapes linked to a man identified by authorities as the "East Coast Rapist."

    The life terms imposed on Friday by a Virginia judge come on top of three life terms imposed March 1 for an attack on three teenagers in 2009 in Prince William County.

    Police say Aaron Thomas of New Haven, Connecticut, was responsible for 17 rapes and sex crimes spanning from 1997 to 2009 in Virginia; Maryland; New Haven, Connecticut; and Rhode Island. He was arrested in 2011 after a multi-state law enforcement effort.

    After Friday's hearing, the victim in the Leesburg case said Thomas appeared to be sorry for himself more than for his crimes.
     

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