Florida man gets 10 years in Vegas convention rape case



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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 37-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years to life in Nevada state prison for raping an Australian tourist last year at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino.

Donovan Joseph of Miami Beach, Florida, also was ordered by Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley to register as a sex offender with lifetime supervision.

Defense attorney Brian Smith said Thursday he'll appeal Joseph's convictions and sentence.

Joseph was sentenced Wednesday after a jury found him guilty last June of sexual assault, coercion, battery and lewdness.

Prosecutors say Joseph was attending a Las Vegas convention last January when he met the intoxicated 21-year-old woman and assaulted her in his room at the Tropicana.

Joseph was arrested the next day, after the woman ran from his room and notified security officers.

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