A Burlington man was sentenced to more than a century in prison after an Orange County jury returned 20 guilty verdicts against him this week.
Frank Cruz was sentenced to a minimum of 138 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for a string of crimes he committed almost a decade ago.
This is one of the longest sentences in Orange County history, according to a press release from Jim Woodall, district attorney for Chatham and Orange Counties.
Cruz’s maximum sentence is 179 years, the press release states.
Cruz was sentenced on March 4 by Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour at the end of the trial that began the last week of February.
After less than two hours of deliberating, the jury found him guilty on 20 charges including rape, kidnapping and burglary.
He was charged with crimes surrounding three different rapes of two different women, which occurred in 2005 and 2006 in Carrboro.
Patrols at the time responded to the crimes and processed the scenes immediately.
The two victims were sent to the hospital to be treated for injuries and examined for evidence.