SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento man who raped a homeless woman and his in-home support worker last year was sentenced Friday to 200 years to life in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Both rapes took place in April 2011. In the first case, Edward Charles Gellock, 62, lured a homeless woman into his apartment on the promise of a dry place to sleep but then beat, strangled and sexually assaulted her.READ MORE: Yastrzemski's Bat, Glove Help Giants Hold Off Tigers 4-3
He then beat, strangled, and raped his female In-Home Supportive Services worker just two weeks later.
Sacramento Police officers responded to Gellock’s downtown residence at the Ping Yuen Senior Apartments, where he kept officers at bay by holding a Bic lighter to an oxygen tank, threatening to blow up the apartment.READ MORE: Garbage Truck Driver Discovers Body When Depositing Trash At Yolo County Dump
The apartment complex was evacuated as a precaution and Gellock was eventually taken into custody.
Friday’s sentence followed a jury trial in July in which the victims testified against Gellock.MORE NEWS: Animal Shelters See Rise of Returned Pets, Citing Affordability Concerns
“The victims in this case courageously faced their worst nightmare, a man who viciously and savagely attacked them,” said Deputy District Attorney Allison Dunham. “Now they can rest easy knowing their testimony helped to ensure he will never hurt another woman.”