SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A man whose 16-year-old victim was held in custody to ensure she would show up in court to testify against him was sentenced on Friday to 141 years to life in prison for raping her and another prostitute.
Career criminal Frank William Rackley Sr., 37, was sentenced under California’s “three strikes” law by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Fall after he was convicted in May of two counts of rape and two counts of forcible sexual penetration, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
On June 22, 2011, Rackley picked up a 30-year-old woman who was working as a prostitute. He drove the victim to a secluded location, where he raped her in his truck.
On July 22, 2011, Rackley picked up a 16-year-old girl who was working as a prostitute. He drove the second victim to a secluded location, where he raped her in the cab of his truck.
The case became the subject of increased scrutiny when the juvenile victim was held in custody at juvenile hall for nearly a month to ensure she would appear to testify after missing two previous court appearances. She was eventually released from custody and equipped with a GPS device for monitoring. She did appear to testify at trial.
Rackley’s sentence comes after five prior felony convictions, including robbery and stalking, resulting in two prior terms in state prison.
He was on a parolee-at-large at the time he committed the rapes.