OGDEN -- A man who raped a woman in Ogden was given enough prison time Monday to ensure he won't even be considered for parole until he's 64 years old.
In a case solved by DNA testing, Deon Lucero, 39, was charged with aggravated sexual abuse, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping in the Aug. 29, 1996, attack in a store in Newgate Mall.
DNA evidence from the crime scene matched with Lucero's name in a database for inmates at the Mississippi State Prison. That led to Ogden Detective Rick Childress interviewing Lucero at the Mississippi prison, producing further evidence against the inmate, according to charging documents.
Lucero pleaded guilty in a plea bargain last month, with the robbery count dropped.
On Monday, 2nd District Court Judge Michael Lyon sentenced Lucero to five years to life and 15 years to life on the kidnapping charge and the sexual offense, respectively, ordering them to be served consecutively.
He also ordered the sentence to run consecutive to Lucero's prison term in Mississippi on sexual battery charges, which means he will finish his time there first, estimated by 2016, then be sent to Utah to begin serving those sentences.
That means it will be 25 years before Lucero will have exhausted the minimums in the Utah sentences.
The rape in a store in Newgate Mall began 15 years ago with the robbery at knifepoint of $304.79 from the shop's cash register.
Lucero came into the store alone and was talking to the female clerk about buying merchandise for his young children when he brandished a knife with a 6-inch blade and a wooden handle.
He forced the woman to open the cash register, then put the cash in a sack with the store's name on it.
The clerk was then taken to a back room, where Lucero sexually assaulted her at least twice. Afterward, he moved her to a restroom, where he bound her to a railing to aid the handicapped.
Lucero told the woman to stay there for 20 minutes, threatening to kill her otherwise, according to court documents.
Others in the store looking for an employee to assist them told police they observed Lucero come out from a back room area and tell them as he left the store, "She will be right out. She is in the bathroom."
The woman then freed herself, and police were called.