- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An ex-convict was sentenced in Las Vegas as a career criminal to spend the rest of his life in state prison for impersonating a police officer and raping prostitutes, officials said Friday.

Mark Picozzi, 50, was sentenced Thursday by Clark County District Court Judge Eric Johnson to consecutive life terms without parole, plus another 10-years-to-life.

Prosecutor Dena Rinetti said she believes Picozzi blames his victims for his convictions at his trial in April on charges of sexual assault, lewdness, impersonating an officer, battery and robbery.

Rinetti said the consecutive terms mean that even if one of Picozzi’s sentences is overturned, he’ll still face life in prison.

Picozzi’s attorney, Michael Schwarz, said he’ll appeal.



Picozzi was arrested in 2014 after a woman from an escort service told police that he summoned her to a room at a Las Vegas Strip resort, told her he was a vice officer, and raped her.

A second victim came forward after Picozzi’s arrest.

Prostitution is legal in most rural Nevada areas but not in Clark and Washoe counties, home to Las Vegas and Reno, respectively.

Picozzi had prior felony convictions in New Jersey and Florida for robbery, kidnapping and impersonating an officer, evading police and auto theft.

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