Serial rapist sentenced to life in prison

Serial rapist sentenced to life in prison

A serial rapist who preyed on women from 1994 to 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison.

54-year-old Dwayne Wilson of Cleveland was convicted in February on seven counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping for a string of sexual assaults that took place between 1994 and 1997.

Wilson was tied to those crimes by DNA found in the rape kits taken from his victims.

When the kits were tested by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation as part of Attorney General Mike DeWine's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Wilson was implicated.

Wilson was previously convicted of gross sexual imposition twice in 1998, of rape in 2005, and of sexual battery in 2010.

He had just completed a five-year prison term for the sexual battery conviction and was slated for release.

Wilson will now be eligible for parole in 110 years.

"This serial rapist now has convictions for eight separate sex offenses took place within a 15-year period," said Assistant County Prosecutor Mary Weston, who represented the State of Ohio in this case. "There is no doubt that Dwayne Wilson earned this life sentence and no doubt that this life sentence ensures the safety of women in this community whom he would have attacked if he ever got out."

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