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Man who raped, murdered Anaheim shopkeeper gets life sentence

August 31, 2012 |  1:38 pm

Louis Roger Acosta Jr.A man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the 1998 rape and murder of an Anaheim shopkeeper, a case that went unsolved for years until investigators caught a break through DNA evidence.

Louis Roger Acosta Jr., 41, was found guilty in May of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the sexual assault of Dung Duong, which resulted in her death, the Orange County district attorney said in a statement.

Acosta will not be eligible for parole, the statement said.

Duong, the 42-year-old owner of D&D Market in Anaheim, slept behind the counter when the store was closed, prosecutors said.

In the early morning hours of June 4, 1998, prosecutors said Acosta repeatedly beat Duong on the head with a blunt object and raped the woman as she lay on a small makeshift mattress behind the counter, bleeding. 

Prosecutors said Acosta fled after the rape, leaving Duong to bleed to death. She was found hours later, when a customer spotted her through the store window in a pool of blood.

Investigators did not solve the case until 2004, when Acosta was serving prison time in Washington for robbery.

He was linked to the Orange County case through DNA evidence, prosecutors said. 

[For the record, 6:08 p.m.: The caption on an earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the attacker as Roger Louis Acosta. His name is Louis Roger Acosta.]


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Photo: Louis Roger Acosta. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office