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Sioux Falls man sentenced to 15 years for backyard rape

September 25, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for raping a drunk woman in a backyard and assaulting a man who tried to intervene.

Authorities say 28-year-old Zachary Piper had sex with the woman without her consent in August 2017. He maintained that the sex was consensual, but the Argus Leader reports that a jury convicted him earlier this summer of rape and aggravated assault.

Defense attorney Michelle Thomas says Piper plans to appeal his conviction.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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