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Kendall rapist pleads guilty to eight attacks, will serve 35 years in prison

William Angel Rivera, the Kendall rapist who pleaded guilty to eight attacks in the early 1990s. He agreed to serve 35 years in prison.
William Angel Rivera, the Kendall rapist who pleaded guilty to eight attacks in the early 1990s. He agreed to serve 35 years in prison. Miami Herald File

William Angel Rivera, the so-called Kendall Rapist who terrorized women in the suburbs during the early 1990s, pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight attacks and will serve 35 years in prison.

Rivera, 48, accepted the plea deal as he was finally supposed to go to trial for the rape of a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped near Kendall Hammocks park.

The deal also calls for a lifetime of probation. But Rivera would likely never see freedom because, after prison, he faces indefinite detention in a locked-down facility for sexual predators under the Jimmy Ryce Act. The act was put in place after the kidnapping and killing of a young South Dade boy in 1995.

The Kendall Rapist terrorized the neighborhood always with similar methods — kidnapping women at gunpoint, robbing them of jewelry and raping them in public places. Rivera, former Shark Valley Everglades Park tram operator, was implicated through a DNA match after he was convicted of a Monroe County burglary in 2008.

Miami-Dade police detectives suspected him in as many as 14 attacks.

Among the victims: A woman was choked and raped under a tree, a 26-year-old woman put in a choke hold and raped in the bushes as she walked to work; and a woman was raped after she was kidnapped from a bus stop.

The attacks terrified women in the neighborhood, scores of whom called police asking for advice while others started arming themselves. Mysteriously, the rapes stopped after around 1992. Rivera will remain in a Miami-Dade jail after he picked up a charge this week stemming from a fight in jail.

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