CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors in Cleveland say DNA evidence in another cold case helped add to the prison sentence of a serial rapist.
The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that 54-year-old Ralph Kent pleaded guilty to one count of rape and was sentenced to 15 to 25 years in prison for the 1994 attack on a 66-year-old woman.
Kent had been convicted of three other sexual assaults and is serving time on two of them. The prosecutor’s office says he has a parole hearing set for this fall, but the latest conviction definitely will keep him behind bars.
The sexual-assault kit taken from the 1994 victim after the attack was among those submitted by police recently to the state crime lab, which matched it to Kent’s DNA profile in a database.