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Feb 5, 2014 8:23 AM by AP

Man convicted of rape gets 35 years behind bars

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Authorities say a man convicted of rape has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the March robbery and attack of a Raceland woman.

Lafourche District Attorney Cam Morvant II says 18-year-old Devon Richard, of Raceland, is one of three men accused in the March 6 incident.

Morvant tells The Courier Richard admitted guilt to forcible rape and armed robbery.

Richard is the second to enter a guilty plea in connection with the rape and robbery of a then 20-year-old woman inside her home.

Darrel Thomas pleaded guilty last year to rape in exchange for having the armed robbery charge dropped by prosecutors. Thomas is serving a 30 year prison sentence.

The case against the third suspect, a 17-year-old, is still pending.

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