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DNA Leads To New Charges Against Utah Inmate
By Associated Press
Published: 03/27/2002

With the help of DNA evidence, a man who has been in prison for three decades for the rape and murder of a teen-ager is now charged with the 1972 rape and murder of another teen-ager.
Robert Lee Sales was charged recently with the slaying of 17-year-old Roylene Alexander. He had long been considered the primary suspect.
''The DNA evidence was a positive ID for him as a suspect,'' said Lt. Kelly Sparks of the Davis County Sheriff's Department. ''The family is pleased to see something happening finally.''
Sales, 58, is expected to be arraigned in the next couple of weeks.
Sales has spent all but a few years of his adult life behind bars.
Sales appeared before the Board of Pardons last year to have the board rule on his 1974 conviction in the rape and murder of 19-year-old Joann Poulsen in 1971. The board told Sales he would die in prison for the Poulsen murder.
He also served a 23-year sentence in Montana for the rape, kidnap and attempted murder of 19-year-old woman there. He completed that term in 1995 and was brought back to Utah.


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