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Derks gets life in prison 

The man convicted of killing and raping a Cal Poly student 20 years ago in MontaNa de Oro was sentenced to life in prison Monday.

Peter Derks, 59, of Arroyo Grande, was charged last June with the murder of Mary Catherine Waterbury in October of 1985 because his DNA matched semen found on the victim. The case was settled without a trial.



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Do you think the SLO County Board of Supervisors should have gone against their policy that states funding for independent special districts should not result in a net fiscal loss to the county?

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