Convicted rapist sentenced to 65 years to life in prison

A convicted rapist was sentenced Tuesday to 65 years to life in prison.

Duree Beard entered a 60-year-old woman's home in January 2013 and threatened her with a screwdriver, forcing her into a back room.

According to the Kern County District Attorney's Office, Beard forced the woman to perform sexual acts and then he raped her twice.

He threatened to kill the woman if she ever told police, according to the DA.

Investigators were able to find DNA during her sexual assault exam that led them to Beard.

A jury found Beard guilty last month of four felonies, including rape by force.

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