November 15, 2013 10:27 AM

Los Banos double rape trial underway

Prosecutors on Thursday said a Los Banos man drugged and raped two unconscious men in 2012 and photographed both incidents. The trial against Thomas Zavaleta, a 25-year-old fast-food worker, got underway Thursday in Merced County Superior Court before Judge Marc A. Garcia and a jury of seven men and five women. Zavaleta has pleaded not guilty to nearly a dozen felony charges in connection with the alleged assaults. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 14 years and eight months, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office said.

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