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Man gets 60 years in prison for rape conviction

A Gary man was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison for rape and criminal deviate conduct.

Ronald Dewayne Thompson, 42, who was convicted during a jury trial after about three hours of deliberation on Nov. 22, said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

Deputy prosecutor Reginald Marcus argued for maximum sentences on each of the two counts and called Thompson a dangerous, violent man who is unwilling to control his aggression toward women.

“He took advantage of a woman he didn’t know,” Marcus said.

The woman testified she traveled from St. Joseph County on Aug. 17, 2012, to visit her nephew. She said Thompson offered her a ride, took her to an empty office in Merrillville and sexually assaulted her. The woman’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when police found her at 3:20 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012. She had a broken rib and scrapes.

Defense attorney Matthew Fech argued for the minimum 20-year sentence.

Thompson was convicted earlier this year of criminal confinement and sexual battery and was sentenced to four years. That sentence will be served consecutively with the 60-year sentence consecutive that was handed down Friday by Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell.

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