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CEDAR CITY — An Arizona man who pleaded guilty to raping a Cedar City woman in an incident dating back to 2004, has been sentenced to prison in connection with that case.
Appearing via videoconference before 5th District Court Judge Ann Marie McIff Allen on Tuesday afternoon, David Louis Slade, 61, entered a guilty plea to one count of rape and received a sentence of five years to life, which is the maximum penalty for a first-degree felony in Utah.
Because Slade is already serving a 15-year sentence for a similar rape conviction in Arizona, he will serve his time in Arizona prison system for both cases concurrently, Allen said as she imposed the sentence.
As previously reported in St. George News / Cedar City News, Slade, of Eagar, Arizona, was arrested in early January 2020 by authorities in Arizona after familial DNA testing identified him as the primary suspect in two separate but similar rape cases. One incident occurred near Flagstaff, Arizona, in April 2003 and another in Cedar City in July 2004.