Man who raped, sodomized 7-Eleven clerk during robbery gets maximum sentence

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man who admitted to raping and sodomizing a store clerk during a robbery a year ago will spend 50 years under the watchful eye of New York State.

Michael Sanchez, 28, faced sentencing in state court on Wednesday, when a judge decided he would spend 25 years in state prison and face 25 years of post-release supervision — the maximum sentence he could have received.

Sanchez pleaded guilty in November to raping, sodomizing and robbing a 20-year-old 7-Eleven store clerk on Hertel Avenue and Niagara Street in February.

Prosecutors mounted a solid case against him after locating Sanchez just blocks from the 7-Eleven after the brutal attack. Officers worked with the victim who detailed the 5 a.m. attack, depicting her assailant, who threatened her with a gun before taking her into a storage room and raping her.

Sanchez has previously spent time in prison, for two felony robberies, and a judge took that into consideration before issuing his maximum sentence.

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