By Matthew Torres
SACRAMENTO, CA – An alleged unhoused man was formally arraigned Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court for the sexual assault and murder of a Rancho Cordova woman.
Mikilo Rawls was charged with the murder, rape, and sodomy in a gruesome crime.
Sacramento County District Attorney’s Crime Lab worked alongside the Sheriff’s Department in processing the crime scene, which resulted in charging Rawls.
In a statement made by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office Monday, it was announced it would be a death penalty case because Rawls is charged with murder and three special circumstances, including kidnapping, rape and sodomy.
An additional factor in this case would be Rawls’ previous first-degree burglary conviction, in 2018, which is a strike according to California’s “Three Strikes” Law. This law gives defendants a sentence of 25 years to life if they’re convicted of three violent offenses.
In the arraignment, Assistant Public Defender John Buchholz was appointed to represent Rawls.