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Appeals court upholds rape conviction, sentence

May 24, 2019

The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and 40-year prison sentence of a Fort Wayne man who raped a disabled woman last year.

Jared Haynes, 49, raped the woman who knew him as “Uncle Jared” April 9, 2018, after picking her up at her home and telling her caretakers he was taking her to a nearby gas station.

He returned more than three hours later, shoved the 28-year-old woman who has the developmental skills of a 5-year-old and the communication skills of a 3-year-old from his truck, and sped away, according to court documents.

Jurors in September convicted him of two counts of rape.

Haynes appealed, challenging statements from a sign language interpreter who talked to the woman after the attack, and the sentence, which he argued is “inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense and his character.”

The appeals court bluntly rejected both claims in an 18-page decision filed Thursday.

“The nature of Haynes’s offense is gut-wrenching,” Judge Terry Crone wrote. “Under the pretense of taking the severely disabled (woman) to the gas station for a soda, ‘Uncle Jared’ took her to a remote location, bound her palsied hands, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her and her sister if she told anyone. She did not have the physical ability even to scream as he violently raped her.

“Simply put, the nature of Haynes’s offense is among the worst of the worst and does not militate toward a shorter sentence.”

Judges Crone, Cale Bradford and Elizabeth Tavitas ruled the trial court erred when it labeled Haynes a “credit-restricted felon” and instructed the court to correct the mistake. The term refers to someone who has been convicted of at least one other offense including murder or child molesting.

Haynes is being held at the Miami Correctional Facility, and his earliest release date is July 22, 2052.

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