Omaha rapes suspect makes last-minute plea deal

Apr 29, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 42-year-old Omaha man has made a last-minute deal with prosecutors and been convicted of two rapes and other crimes.

Jury selection was to begin Monday for the trial of Anthony Vaughn, who originally was charged with seven counts of forcible sexual assault that occurred from 1999 through 2009. Instead he pleaded no contest and was convicted of two rapes, one attempted sexual assault and one weapons charge. Prosecutors dropped the other charges in exchange for his pleas.

Five women were prepared to testify against Vaughn.

He'll face up to 140 years in prison when he's sentenced in July. A DNA sample taken in 2011 after a burglary conviction linked Vaughn to the assaults.

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