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Man convicted of Woodview apartment burglaries, sexual assaults sentenced to prison

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A 36-year-old man found guilty of sexually assaulting and burglarizing victims at a Kansas City, Kan., apartment complex has been sentenced to more than 33 years in prison, the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office said in a news release.

Adalberto Mata-Deras was convicted last April of two counts of rape, aggravated sexual battery, three counts of aggravated burglary and interference with law enforcement.

The case stemmed from multiple sexual assaults and burglaries reported at Woodview Apartments between August 2014 and October 2016.

Mata-Deras was charged in 2015. At the time, authorities asked for the public’s help in locating him.

Previous reports spelled his last name “Mata-Beras,” though a district attorney spokesman said “Beras” was an alias.

Two years after the charges were filed, Mata-Deras was found and taken into custody.

He was apprehended partly because DNA evidence linked Mata-Deras to one of the victim’s apartments, the district attorney’s office said.

On Friday, Mata-Deras was sentenced to 406 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections, ordered lifetime post-release supervision and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.


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