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Man Sentenced To 30 Years On Rape Charges
Updated February 5, 2016 5:36 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Monroe County Judge Marc Kellams denied Jerald Honeycutt's request to change his guilty plea and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

The first 22 and a half years will be for the 2015 rape charge and the latter 7 and a half years have been applied for the 1999 rape. 35-year-old Honeycutt will also serve 10 years of probation upon release. If he violates his probation, he will be sentenced to another 10 years in prison.

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.

A probable cause affidavit states that 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 and said he would cut her eyes out or slit her throat.

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

The woman was able to activate a health-alert system which sounded a loud alarm and scared Honeycutt, who then fled.

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