A 20-year-old man, convicted of breaking into his neighbor’s house and raping her at knifepoint, has been sentenced to 50 years behind bars.
The man told police that it was a consensual encounter.
The woman testified that the man, then 18 and wearing a mask, broke into her home through the front door about 4 a.m. and suddenly appeared in her master bedroom.
She said she was tied up and threatened with a knife as the man raped her on the bed and also forced her to perform a sex act. She told police that after it was over, he let her get dressed and they talked until he removed his mask and confirmed his identity.
The man was found guilty of sexual battery with a deadly weapon/physical force; false imprisonment while in possession of a weapon; and burglary with assault or battery while armed.
The man has also been declared a sexual predator.
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