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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth County defendant sentenced in another case

  • A man who's facing rape and kidnapping charges in Leavenworth County has been sentenced to more than 59 years in prison for a rape and kidnapping case in another county.
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  • A man who's facing rape and kidnapping charges in Leavenworth County has been sentenced to more than 59 years in prison for a rape and kidnapping case in another county.
    Craig L. Gooch, 27, was sentenced Friday in Reno County District Court to 712 months in prison, according to Stephen Maxwell, assistant district attorney in Reno County.
    Gooch was convicted in January in Reno County of rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated intimidation of a victim, making a criminal threat, interference with a law enforcement officer and vehicle burglary.
    The crimes occurred in May in Hutchinson.
    The rape victim reportedly was abducted from a parking lot of a Hutchinson grocery store. Gooch was in the backseat of the woman's vehicle when she returned from the store, according to the Hutchinson News website.
    At the time he was arrested last year in Hutchinson, Gooch already was facing charges in Leavenworth County.
    In fact, a warrant had been issued in Leavenworth County District Court for his arrest because he couldn't be located for a trial that was scheduled for April 2012. He'd earlier been released on bond, according to court records.
    He's charged in Leavenworth County with rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault and misdemeanor theft. These crimes are alleged to have occurred in November 2011 in Leavenworth.
    A jury trial in that case is now scheduled for May 13, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson.
    Information posted on a Kansas Department of Corrections website indicates Gooch previously served a prison sentence for Leavenworth County convictions of attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

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