The man accused of being the Valley’s Baseline Killer was sentenced Friday to 438 years in prison for the sexual assaults of two sisters.
Mark Goudeau still faces trial in the slayings of eight women and a man in 2005 and 2006, and faces a possible death sentence if he is convicted of those charges, all crimes blamed on the Baseline Killer who terrorized the Valley for months. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The 43-year-old former construction worker was sentenced for his September conviction on charges of raping one woman and sexually attacking another as they walked home from a park in south Phoenix. He was convicted on a total of 19 counts, including several sexual assault charges, kidnapping, sexual abuse and one drug charge.
During the two-month trial, both sisters identified Goudeau as their attacker. DNA evidence also linked him to the rape.
Goudeau has maintained his innocence and told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Andrew Klein on Friday that what happened to the two young women was horrible, “but I had nothing to do with it.”
Klein said before handing down the sentence that Goudeau must have two “diametrically opposed” personalities, one calm and respectful in court and the other sociopathic and brutal.
Prosecutors had said earlier that Goudeau faced a maximum of 285 years in prison. But Deputy County Attorney Suzanne Cohen proved a prior violent record in court Friday that made him eligible for the higher sentences.
All but one of his sentences will run consecutively, meaning he actually faces 428 years in prison.
Goudeau’s wife, Wendy Carr, said she felt the judge has been biased toward the prosecution and she again blamed prosecutors and jurors for convicting Goudeau based on “junk science.”
“This is just another freak show of a hearing where they convicted an innocent man,” Carr said after the sentencing.
During the trial, the two sisters both pointed out Goudeau and said he accosted them with a pistol in his hand. The sisters told the jury how he forced them into the bushes near a road and told them to strip. They said he had sex with the younger sister while pointing the pistol at the belly of the older sister, who was pregnant.
Jurors spent just three hours deliberating before convicting Goudeau on all counts.
One of the victims told the judge Friday that she still wakes up crying at times.
“I will hope for him to never get out,” she said through an interpreter during the sentencing hearing. “He hurt me very much, as well as my sister. My daughter was in danger before she was even born.”
The Associated Press has not identified the woman because she is the victim of sexual assault.
Goudeau still faces trial on 74 other criminal charges, including nine murder counts, from a crime spree police have attributed to the Baseline Killer. The crimes began in August 2005 and ended in June 2006.
Goudeau is the first of three suspected serial killers to go on trial in a rash of random attacks that terrorized the Valley for more than a year. All three were arrested last year.
Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman were arrested in the Serial Shooter case in August 2006 and are expected to go on trial next year.
Hausner faces seven murder counts and Dieteman is charged with two.