Arkansas man receives 4 life sentences in beating, rape

July 12, 2018

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man convicted of beating and raping a 69-year-old woman in an attack that led to parts of her arms and legs being amputated has been sentenced to life in prison.

A jury Thursday found 31-year-old Charles Allen Rickman of Gentry guilty of aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping, battery and two counts of rape. A judge sentenced Rickman to four life sentences plus 20 years, to run consecutively.

Testimony showed Rickman pretended to have car trouble and forced his way into the woman’s home last October. She’d met Rickman when he helped a painter she hired.

She testified Rickman blindfolded her, tied her hands and feet — affecting her blood flow — and raped and beat her for hours.

Rickman testified he’d used drugs and alcohol before the attack.

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