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Serial Rapist Sentenced to Record Term Gets 24 Years More

April 8, 1989 GMT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) _ A judge Friday tacked on 24 years to the 376-year prison term of a serial rapist after a prosecutor requested a harsh term as a ″nice wedding present″ to the man’s latest victim.

Quintin Wortham received the 376-year sentence last year in six other sexual assault cases. He was sentenced Friday to 16 years for second-degree burglary and 24 years for sexual assault.

Pitkin County District Judge J.E. DeVilbiss said the sentences would run concurrently, despite Denver prosecutor Craig Silverman’s exhortation to make the sentences consecutive for the rape victim on her wedding Saturday.

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″Tomorrow, she’s getting married, and I think 40 years would be a very nice wedding present for her,″ said Silverman.

DeVilbiss said crimes arising from the same criminal episode should run concurrently. But the judge did order the 24-year sentence to be served consecutively with the previous sentence, which was the longest prison sentence ever handed down in a Colorado courtroom.

Wortham, 34, was convicted of the burglary and sexual assault charges on Feb. 16. The charges stemmed from an attack on a Denver woman at her home on June 2, 1985.

Wortham has maintained his innocence and said he would appeal the case as well as his previous convictions.