A Winlock man who had confessed to raping a family friend was sentenced to almost five years in prison Feb. 26 in Lewis County Superior Court.
Rupp W. Freece, 24, was sentenced to four years and nine months after having pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and third-degree rape Jan. 15 for the Nov. 8 attack of a 52-year-old family friend in her apartment on the 200 block of Pine Tree Rd., east of Winlock.
Reports said Freece, intoxicated at the time, had insisted he needed to use the victim's phone but ignored orders to leave and eventually forced the victim into her bedroom and attacked her.
The victim spoke to Judge Nelson Hunt during sentencing and implored Hunt to be lenient as she still regarded Freece fondly and as someone in need of help and not incarceration. She told Freece she still loved him, having previously described their relationship as one between a nephew and aunt, and said she had been praying for him along with family members.
Freece apologize to the victim and also asked for mercy from Hunt, though the judge decided to impose the recommended sentence agreed upon by both prosecutors and the defense.
It was noted a charge of assault incurred by Freece while incarcerated, in which he had been accused of attacking a guard, was also included in the sentence to be served concurrently with the others.