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      Aaron Thomas sentenced to two life terms for Leesburg attack

      The man dubbed “The East Coast rapist” was sentenced Friday to two life terms in connection with a 2001 rape and kidnapping in Leesburg.

      The defendant, Aaron Thomas, was already sentenced to serve three life sentences for a 2009 attack on several teenagers in Prince William County.

      Thomas, 41, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to the 2009 Dale CIty assaults on a 16 and 17-year-old girl. His arrest and plea ended a years-long manhunt, and during his sentencing, two of his victims testified that they forgave him.

      During his plea, he also admitted to raping a Leesburg woman in 2001 in a case that was linked to the 2009 rapes using DNA evidence.