Kern County jury convicts man of rape

A Kern County jury has convicted a man of rape and forced oral copulation.

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.

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

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

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

He is facing up to 50 years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for December.

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