Dewey Austin sentenced to 50 years in prison for rape, attempted rape, sodomy, battery, and malicious mischief

‘Superfly’ actor and rapper sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for multiple rapes and other crimes The jury convicted him on all counts on Aug. 27 He is expected to be sentenced…

Dewey Austin sentenced to 50 years in prison for rape, attempted rape, sodomy, battery, and malicious mischief

‘Superfly’ actor and rapper sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for multiple rapes and other crimes

The jury convicted him on all counts on Aug. 27

He is expected to be sentenced in late November

LOS ANGELES: A former rapper who played one of the lead roles in a ‘Superfly’ television series that focused on the dangers of crack cocaine in the 1980s and 1990s was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday.

Dewey Austin, 41, who played a high school dropout who was caught in a cross-fire between two rival gangs and then became a drug dealer after escaping a mental institution, received the maximum sentence for 19 felony counts of rape, attempted rape, forcible sodomy, battery, possession of a destructive device, and robbery.

He was also found guilty of 11 aggravated assault charges, along with one count of possession of a destructive device, and one count of battery with serious injury.

Austin is expected to be sentenced in November. He has been in custody since April 3, 2011, when he was convicted by a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court for 13 felonies, including four counts of rape, four counts of attempted rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, four counts of sodomy, four counts of attempted sodomy, four counts of robbery, battery with serious injury, and malicious mischief.

A second trial was set to start in February 2012, but prosecutors, in May 2012, filed a motion to keep the trial a secret. They also asked that Austin be granted bail, saying he is a danger to the community if released from jail.

After the second trial, in January, District Attorney Tom Sneddon announced he had fired former assistant prosecutor Dan Pomeroy, who investigated the case, saying he had been part of a conspiracy to keep Austin free until the second trial, which had been set to begin April 6, 2012.

Austin, who played the starring role on the ‘Superfly’ television series, was arrested

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