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Cousins convicted of abduction and rape

Two men have been found guilty of kidnapping and multiple sexual assault charges including rape in the abduction of a woman from her north Sacramento driveway three years ago.

The victim, who was in her 20s, was blindfolded, tied up and forced to take medication, according to Sacramento Superior Court documents. Cousins Sarbjit Singh Sandhu and Rajdev Singh Purewal drove her for approximately 40 miles and took turns raping and forcing her into oral and anal sex for five hours.

They released her north of Sacramento and she reported the offenses.

The prosecution said a DNA database linked Sandhu to the crimes eight months later. Purewal was identified as the second suspect three months after that through phone records and other evidence, including DNA evidence.

Separate juries convicted Sandhu and Purewal each of 20 counts of forcible sexual intercourse, oral copulation, sodomy and kidnapping for the purpose of committing rape. The juries also found true charges of kidnapping, binding the victim and acting in concert with one another during the commission of each offense, the Sacramento District Attorney's Office reported.

Sandhu and Purewal each face up to 475 years to life in state prison when they are sentenced May 29.