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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Is harsher sentence justified for man convicted of raping 92-year-old?

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The lawyer for Simon Angilda, who was convicted of raping a 92-year-old woman, is arguing against a proposed sentence of more than 85 years. From Matt Campbell's report:

She also challenged the contention that the enhanced sentence was justified by the victim’s age and infirmity.

“She was sharp as a tack,” Cline said of the woman, who managed to call 911 during the attack. “She did all the smart things she was able to do and she was not severely injured.”

Cline said the attack on the victim only lasted a couple of minutes and the rape Angilda committed “was not necessarily worse than the average” rape. She also noted that Angilda faces a longer sentence than he would have if he had murdered the woman.

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