Cranberry Man Pleads Guilty To Burglary – Rape Charges Are Dismissed

April 13, 2013
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A Cranberry man entered a guilty plea to a burglary charge in Venango County Court this week, and two charges of rape and one count of sexual assault against him were dismissed.

19 year-old Leo Rice III had been accused of entering the bedroom of a woman with whom he had been drinking, and sexually assaulting her.  The 22 year-old woman, however, testified that her memories of the event are blurry.  Prosecutors, though, said a medical exam had matched DNA taken from the woman with Rice.

Rice has denied he assaulted the woman.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Rice was sentenced to one-to-two years in jail and three years probation.

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