A San Jose man who robbed and sexually assaulted women he met through the Web site Craigslist has been sentenced to life in prison, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.
Superior Court Judge Alden Danner on May 8 sentenced Kamari Nelson, 26, to 169 years to life in prison, according to the district attorney's office.
His sentence was aggravated by a 2002 conviction of assault with a deadly weapon, according to Nick Muyo, a spokesman for the district attorney's office.
Nelson was arrested in January 2007, according to court records. In November 2008, a jury found Nelson guilty of robbery, multiple counts of sexual assault, and one count of kidnapping involving two women, according to Muyo.
Nelson targeted women who posted advertisements for erotic services on Craigslist, Muyo said. Two of Nelson's victims testified that he arranged a meeting, then robbed and sexually assaulted them when they arrived. A third woman told police that Nelson robbed and sexually assaulted her, but committed suicide before she could testify, according to Muyo.
Each victim told police that Nelson photographed or filmed them during his assaults.
Under increasing pressure from law enforcement across the nation, Craigslist announced on May 13 it will remove its erotic services category from the site later this month. In its place, the site will substitute a new "adult services" category, where ads are reviewed and approved by Craigslist staff.