Archive for Wednesday, March 10, 1999

MAN SENTENCED FOR RAPING DAUGHTER

March 10, 1999

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A Lawrence man was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison Thursday for raping his daughter.

Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone sentenced the 38-year-old man to 119 months in prison for his felony conviction of rape.

Malone also sentenced the man to 49 months in prison for a felony conviction of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The sentences will run concurrently.

Journal-World policy is not to name those charged with sex crimes until they are convicted. The names of those convicted also are withheld in instances where naming the criminal also would identify the victim.

The charges stemmed from an incident in 1995, according to attorneys in the case. The man reported the incident to police in the fall of 1999 after his daughter, now 16, confronted him.

His attorney, Harry Warren, said the man did not remember the incident -- he was despondent over his mother's death and was using drugs at the time.

Warren asked that Malone give the man the minimum sentence in the case.

"This man realizes and expects to be punished for what he has done," Warren said. "But I think it's important that (the man) decided to do the right thing."

He also asked the judge to send the man to a hospital to serve the sentence. The man has attempted suicide on several occasions, Warren said.

Assistant Dist. Atty. Angela Wilson argued against the minimum sentence.

She read a letter from the girl, who declined to speak in court.

"For a long time I thought I did something wrong," the girl wrote.

The girl wrote she felt closer to 60 than 16.

"I'll never be young again, never," she said.

Malone imposed the median sentences in the case. He said prison officials could decide whether hospitalization was necessary.

-- Joel Mathis' phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is jmathis@ljworld.com.

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