Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rape sentencing

Minneapolis - St Paul, Minnesota - An 18-year-old man, Joshua L Smith, has been sentenced to spend 43 years in prison in connection with the "brutal" rape of a teenage girl with developmental and physical disabilities in September 2006, and a 57-year-old woman in January, 2007, the Star Tribune reports. According to the report, the girl, who is now 19, had known Smith since junior high school; she was sexually assaulted by him after he invited her to his home. The woman, now aged 59, did not know Smith; she was sexually assaulted by him in the parking lot of a Salvation Army after she had taken a short cut home.

To read the sobering details of this story, see here.