Cleveland teen sentenced for rape and burglaries

Cleveland teen sentenced for rape and burglaries

An 18-year-old Cleveland man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to a rape and two burglaries.

Shaquaid Cox, of Cleveland, was 16 when he accosted a 14-year-old girl walking home from school and raped her in August of 2013.

Cox also committed two burglaries in February of 2014, breaking into homes on Cleveland's east side.

During each burglary, Cox injured himself and left blood on the scene that eventually linked him to the crimes.

He was originally charged in juvenile court. Due to the seriousness of the crimes, the two cases were bound over to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for the defendant to be tried as an adult.

On April 6 in front of Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Friedland, Cox entered a plea of guilty to one count of rape, one count of kidnapping and one misdemeanor count of aggravated theft for the rape case, as well as to two counts of burglary for the burglaries case.

Tuesday, Judge Friedland sentenced Cox to eight years in prison for his crimes. She also deemed Cox to be a Tier III Sex Offender. He will have to register with his local sheriff's department every 90 days for the rest of his life.

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