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Mills County Man Convicted of 2003 Kidnapping and Sex Offenses
Iowa Department of Justice, Oct 8, 2021
On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Myron Lee Brandon, age 43, of Pacific Junction, Iowa, was found guilty in federal court of two counts of kidnapping and two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. This was the first jury trial in the State of Iowa using DNA evidence processed by the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

Coldwater man convicted in second sexual assault kit initiative case
Krystle Hollman, WILX, Sep 30, 2021
Wednesday a Jackson County jury convicted a Coldwater man in the second of three sexual assault cases against him, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka announced. “This conviction is a testament to the determination our SAKI teams have maintained to secure justice for sexual assault survivors, regardless of the years that have passed since the assault,” Nessel said. “I appreciate the work done by the Jackson County SAKI team to reach this outcome.”

Serial rapist pleads guilty to five attacks in New Orleans for 32-year sentence
Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, Sep 29, 2021
Man who was arrested in 2018 after DNA linked him to a string of attacks on women at knife- or gunpoint, pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape.

After two years, Survivor Act has legacy of rape convictions
Carolina Public Press, Sep 24, 2021
To date, more than half of the old rape kits have been either tested or are in some process of testing. Of those, 3,756 kits have completed testing. Scientists have so far been able to extract a valid DNA sample from 1,379 kits, and of those 41%, or about 560, were a match on the federal Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS.

Springfield Police Department has cleared its rape kit backlog
Jordan Meier, Springfield News-Leader, Sep 23, 2021
The Springfield Police Department has sent the last of its backlogged SAFE kits — commonly referred to as rape kits — off for testing, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Thursday. “Springfield is one of just a few police departments to achieve this goal, and largest police department in the state to do so,” Schmitt said. “Getting to this milestone here today is a true success story in how we can work together hand in glove with our federal and state partners and achieve great things.”

Arrest made in 1996 sex assault of girl during home invasion, police say
NJ.com, Sep 17, 2021
A man was charged this week with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl during a Jersey Shore home invasion 25 years ago after investigators used DNA evidence and FGG to identify the attacker, authorities said.

Suspect arrested in California for 1998 sex assault cold case in North Carolina
Joey Gill, Fox 8, Sep 15, 2021
Investigators have arrested a 49-year-old man for an attempted sexual assault that occurred in 1998 in Charlotte of a then 48-year-old woman thanks to DNA evidence.

Coldwater Man Sent to Prison in Kalamazoo Co. Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Case
Michigan Department of Attorney General, Sep 7, 2021
The Kalamazoo Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) secured prison time against a habitual offender after he was sentenced in one of three cases currently pending as a result of successful evidence testing, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting announced today.

Demanding justice: For 36 years, a woman sought her rapist
The Dallas Morning News, Sep 6, 2021
FGG used to convict serial rapist who confessed to at least 30 rapes in the Dallas area.

Serial rapist identified through genetic genealogy DNA testing gets 4 life sentences
Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Aug 27, 2021
A 75-year-old serial rapist who was identified more than 30 years after his crimes through genealogy DNA testing was sentenced to four life sentences on Friday, announced Dallas County Criminal District Attorney John Creuzot.

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