Sentencing in rape case is May 15A Red Wing woman tearfully told jurors last week she took the stand for one reason. She wanted justice. On Monday, she got her wish.
By: Jen Cullen, The Republican Eagle
A Red Wing woman tearfully told jurors last week she took the stand for one reason.
She wanted justice.
On Monday, she got her wish.
Jurors took less than four hours to find Milton Thomas guilty of raping the 46-year-old while the young girl she babysat slept feet away.
Thomas' trial began last week. He will be sentenced May 15 and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
"I am truly grateful for the jury's hard work," said Erin Kuester, assistant Goodhue County attorney. "This is a good verdict."
Thomas is a Level 3 sex offender who failed to register with local police upon moving to Red Wing.
He became friends with the victim, who lived in a Red Wing apartment complex Thomas stayed at with his girlfriend.
During the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2008, Thomas entered one of the units where the victim was babysitting.
The victim awoke with Thomas on top of her. The assault occurred on a living room couch while the young girl slept feet away on another couch.
The girl did not wake up during the assault.
"I think the evidence was very difficult to listen to," Kuester said following the verdict. "The jury was very deliberate in listening and doing what they had to do."
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