Custer man gets 40 years for rape
Published: Thursday, September 19th, 2013
A Custer man will spend at least the next 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree rape.
Last Thursday William Colvin, 22, pled guilty, to the crime, admitting to forcibly raping a 16-year-old at knife point in Custer a year ago. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Colvin was also initially charged with aggravated assault, which was dropped by prosecutors in exchange for his guilty plea on the rape charge.
Second degree rape is a Class II felony, punishable by up to 50 years in prison or a $50,000 fine. Colvin was sentenced in Seventh Judicial Circuit Court at the Custer County Courthouse by Judge Robert Mandel.
Custer County States Attorney Tracy Kelley said in sentencing Colvin to the 40-year term in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, Mandel said he was sentencing Colvin for what he did and wasn’t taking into consideration his ability to be rehabilitated. Colvin didn’t make a long statement before he was sentenced, but simply stated he knew he was going to prison.
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