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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Appeals court upholds rape conviction

  • The conviction of a Leavenworth man who was found guilty of raping a 75-year-old woman has been upheld by the Kansas Court of Appeals.
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  • The conviction of a Leavenworth man who was found guilty of raping a 75-year-old woman has been upheld by the Kansas Court of Appeals.
    The decision in the appeal of Andre R. Connally was announced Friday. The Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict, according to Assistant County Attorney Michael Jones, who prosecuted the case.
    Connally, 22, was convicted in May 2011 of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy. The crimes were committed in Nov. 19, 2010. The victim was attacked in her Leavenworth apartment. She was hit in the head with a frying pan and raped.
    The jury acquitted Connally of an aggravated burglary charge.
    Connally was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.
    He's currently in custody at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. His earliest possible release date is May 11, 2030, according to a website for the Kansas Department of Corrections.
    While Jones knew the conviction had been affirmed, he had not yet seen the written Court of Appeals decision Friday.
    He said the issues argued in Connally's appeal concerned whether there was sufficient evidence to sustain the convictions, whether the judge had coerced jurors into reaching a verdict by telling them to continue deliberations after they indicated they couldn't reach a verdict on all the counts and whether the judge should have given an instruction to jurors for considering an attempted aggravated criminal sodomy charge.
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