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KC man sentenced for attacking women near Trolley Track Trail

Readers may remember hearing about the attacks on women along the Trolley Track Trail last summer. A 24-year-old Kansas City man who admitted to the crimes will spend the next 30 years in prison for the assaults, a Jackson County judge ruled earlier this month. Felony charges such as the ones this man faced are serious accusations that carry lifelong consequences.

According to news reports, the man admitted to kidnapping both of the women and sexually assaulting one of them. In February 2012, the man pleaded guilty in a Jackson County court to forcible sodomy, one count of robbery, four counts of armed criminal action and two counts of kidnapping.

According to court records, the man attacked a 54-year-old woman shortly before 6 p.m. on June 16, 2011. She told police she saw him driving around the trail before he grabbed her on an isolated section of the. She said the man used duct tape to tie up her hands, and threatened her with a knife before sexually assaulting her.

Roughly a month later, the man assaulted a 20-year-old woman at a Kansas City, Missouri, car wash, police say. The woman reported a man attacked her as she was preparing to vacuum out her car shortly before 6 a.m. The woman tried to use her cell phone to call for help, but got her sister's voicemail.

The 20-year-old woman told police the man threatened to murder her and dump her body in a dumpster when he saw the phone. Eventually, he robbed her and ran from the scene.

Police arrested the 24-year-old man shortly after the attacks, after using DNA evidence and fingerprints to connect him to the crimes. The man initially denied attacking the women, but confessed after investigators showed him the physical evidence they had collected.

All individuals charged with crimes have the right to a fair trial and legal representation. While this man ultimately confessed to the crimes, not all individuals charged with sex crimes are guilty. DNA evidence has come a long way over the last several years. For some individuals facing criminal charges, properly obtained DNA evidence can mean the difference between life and death. Finding legal representation early on during an investigation can help suspects maneuver through the legal system with someone to look out for their best interests and ensure they receive a fair trial.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Trolley Track trail attacker sentenced," Mark Morris, April 13, 2012

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