Sickler Sentenced for Rape and Attack

Sickler Sentenced for Rape and Attack

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The man convicted of smashing an 11-year-old in the face with a hammer and raping a 31-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to 18 years to life in prison.

Javier Wilford Sickler, 30 and already serving a prison term for the hammer beating, was sentenced to 5 years to life for each of the two counts of rape and one count of forcible sodomy. He was also sentenced to 3 years to life for attempted forcible sodomy.

Sickler was convicted in March of attacking a 31-year-old woman walking home from a Midvale restaurant in August 2002. The woman was hit repeatedly on the face and head, sodomized and raped.

Defense attorneys contended the two had had consensual sex.

Monday's sentence will run consecutively to the 23 years to life handed down in the 2002 attack on the girl, who was left blind in one eye and with partial vision in the other.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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