Man pleads guilty to raping, sodomizing and robbing 7-Eleven store clerk

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local man accused of raping, robbing and sodomizing a 7-Eleven employee has pleaded guilty as charged to the crimes.

Police say 28-year-old Michael Sanchez violated the roughly 20-year-old woman inside a 7-Eleven store on Hertel Avenue and Niagara Street in February of 2015.

A delivery person from The Buffalo News located the woman crying hysterically after the 5 a.m. attack, and police responded soon after. Officers worked with the victim, who detailed the attack, noting Sanchez threatened her with a gun before raping her in a storage room, then robbing the store.

Only minutes after the attack, police say they located Sanchez just blocks from the 7-Eleven and were able to charge him with first degree rape, two counts of first degree criminal sexual act and third degree robbery.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita says Sanchez pleaded guilty to the highest crimes he could have been charged with in a jury trial. “Rapists are different kinds of criminals in my mind. In my view, once a rapist, always a rapist. These people are the worst kind of criminals in my mind, somebody who would subject a victim to that kind of sexual violence. They should lock them up and throw away the key.”

Sanchez, who spent time in jail in 2007 for two felony robberies, will face sentencing on Jan 13. He’ll face a maximum sentence of 25 years on each of the first three counts and 25 years of post-release supervision.

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