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Bloomington Man Pleads Guilty To Raping Two Women
Updated January 5, 2016 7:43 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - A Bloomington man has plead guilty to the sexual assaults of two elderly women.

Bloomington police say DNA linked 35-year-old Jerald Lee Honeycutt to both assaults.

Both sexual assaults happened in Bloomington. The first rape happened in 1999 involving a 62-year-old woman and the second in June 2015 with a 73-year-old woman.

According to police, DNA from hair left on a comforter in the most recent attack matched DNA evidence collected from the 1999 assault. That DNA matched Honeycutt's.

Monroe Circuit Judge Marc Kellams will sentence Honeycutt on January 28.

In exchange for Honeycutt's guilty plea to rape in the 2015 attack he will receive a 40-year jail sentence, with 10 years on probation. Charges of burglary, strangulation and two other rape charges will be dismissed.

In the 1999 case, Honeycutt will receive an additional 15 years to be served in addition to the 40 year sentence.

According to a probable cause affidavit, in the 1999 case, Honeycutt, who was 18, climbed through a window of a home in the 300 block of Johnson Avenue. He grabbed the 62-year-old woman from behind, held her by the neck and sexually assaulted her in a bedroom.

In the 2015 case, the woman told police she was sleeping on her couch and woke to find a man putting his hand over her face and mouth. Honeycutt then pressed his forearm into her throat, pinning her down. He then threatened her with a knife or box cutter saying he would cut her eyes out or slit her throat.

The 73-year-old woman was assaulted twice in her living room and then dragged to a bedroom where he raped her again.

She was able to activate a health-alert system which sounded a loud alarm scaring Honeycutt who fled.

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