MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa jury found two West County half-brothers guilty of four felony charges each on Wednesday for their part in the kidnap and rape of an East Bay woman in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day 2010.

Robert McNeally and Derrick Ware were found guilty of kidnapping for sexual purposes, forcible rape in concert, oral copulation in concert and forcible sodomy in concert. In addition, the jury of nine men and three women, who deliberated for parts of three days, found to be true most of the approximately two dozen allegations against each defendant.

The defendants, dressed in crisp dress shirts and ties, were found not guilty of assault with a firearm. (Ware was instead found guilty of a lesser included charge of assault.) They showed no visible emotion during the reading of the lengthy verdict.

"It's absolutely justice," Deputy District Attorney Chad Mahalich said. "I feel for the victim. This is the best we can do to make right some of the worst sex crimes this office has ever seen, and the worst I'll probably ever see in my career."

Defense attorneys Howard Williams, who represented Ware, and Christopher Martin, who represented McNeally, surveyed several jurors outside the A.F. Bray Courthouse following the hearing.

"I think they felt boxed in by the morass of jury instructions they were given," Williams said. "I think they bought into a lot of what we were saying, but they felt like whichever way they turned, the jury instructions led them toward a guilty verdict."

"I'm very confident about the appeal," Martin said.


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Sentencing was scheduled for July 25.

"I don't think that what happened justifies the sentence they're going to receive," said Williams, who expects them to get "life, without a doubt."

The crime began around 1 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2010, when Ware, 29, of San Pablo, and McNeally, 32, of Richmond, along with their cousin Dameon Spragans, met a woman and male acquaintance in San Francisco after a night of bar hopping.

The men offered to drive the East Bay residents home in exchange for gas money. Instead, they drove to Richmond, where they forced the male acquaintance out of McNeally's truck, then drove to San Pablo, where they raped and assaulted the woman before leaving her naked and bloody on a dark street.

The victim testified for two days early in the two-month trial.

Spragans agreed to a plea agreement in April and was sentenced to 42 years in prison.

Contact Gary Peterson at 925-952-5053. Follow him at Twitter.com/garyscribe.