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2017 rape garners 44-year sentence

April 3, 2019

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Tuesday to 44 years in prison for raping a woman in August 2017.

Zachary W. Callantine, 24, forced the woman onto his bed, put a serrated kitchen knife to her throat and told her he’d slit her throat if she screamed, according to court documents. He was charged with rape, criminal confinement and strangulation.

A jury in February convicted him of all of the charges, and he was sentenced in Allen Superior Court to 40 years on the rape charge and two years each on the other charges. The sentences will be served back to back.

The attack occurred Aug. 24, 2017, when Callantine used a ratchet strap to bind the woman’s hands and head butted her so hard “she could not see and thought she was going to go unconscious,” a probable cause affidavit states. He also choked her.

The woman told police Callantine said he had been planning all day to rape her.

“What did I do? What did I do?” he reportedly asked after the attack.

Callantine told police he invited the woman over to hang out and later blacked out. He admitted to drinking and said he woke up to find the woman bound by the hands and running from his apartment.

mleblanc@jg.net