LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man convicted of rape has been sentenced to 200 years in prison. The sentence comes nearly 20 years after the 1990 crime that Henry Crawford Jr. was linked to through DNA evidence.
The Commonwealth Attorney's office wanted to charge Crawford under 1990 guidelines that did not involve sentencing caps, unlike current laws that cap sentences for this offense.
"To be candid with the court, if this offense occurred in October 2009, absent any outstanding circumstances, if he was found guilty of the same offenses, his sentence would be capped at 70 years," said Matt Farra, Crawford's attorney.
Ultimately, the jury recommended 200 years and the judge denied the defense request for a new trial during Thursday's court appearance.