LIMA — A 54-year-old man made an impassioned speech proclaiming his innocence before a judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison for raping two women more than 10 years ago.
Judge Jeffrey Reed sentenced Walter Robinson to serve 10 years for each count of rape during a sentencing hearing Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. With three counts, Robinson’s sentence equated to a 30-year prison term, which is to be served consecutively. Robinson will get credit for time served, meaning the last 499 days he has spent in jail will be taken off his sentence.
Robinson is also required to register as a tier 3 sex offender and must register his place of residence and employment every 90 days for the rest of his life. He declined to sign an acknowledgement form recognizing his sex offender status. He will also be under post-release control for five years after he is released from prison.
A jury convicted Robinson of kidnapping and three counts of rape on June 2. However, one count of kidnapping was merged with the rape charges due to a law that states the offenses are one and the same in this type of case, since one must be held against his or her will in order for a rape to occur. As a result, Reed sentenced Robinson based on the three counts of rape.
The jury was unable to reach a decision on another count of kidnapping and rape. Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser moved to dismiss these counts without prejudice, meaning they could revisit the charges if Robinson appeals his conviction.
Robinson spent a considerable amount of time pleading for his innocence, saying that the sex was consensual. He accused the victims of lying on the stand, and told Reed that “God in Heaven knows you are sending an innocent man to jail.”
But Kohlrieser had a much different description of the circumstances surrounding Robinson’s conviction. She said his victims suffered “serious psychological and physical harm” as a result of his actions, which they continue to face more than 10 years after the crimes were committed in 2004 and 2005. The victims were not present at Robinson’s sentencing hearing, though they did testify during the trial.
She also referred to Robinson’s extensive criminal past, revealing that his record dates back to 1983. In the past, he has been charged with sexual battery, theft, burglary, arson and assault.
Robinson said he plans to fight the conviction “until I can’t fight no more.”
The conviction and subsequent sentencing stemmed from incidents involving two women. One incident occurred in December 2004 and involved a 17-year-old woman. The other was an April 2005 incident involving a 43-year-old woman. Both women reported being raped, but they did not know the identity of the man who forced himself on them.
Robinson’s DNA ended up in a database after he was convicted in an arson case. Robinson initially repeatedly denied having any contact with either woman to a detective questioning him. He changed his story when Lima Police Detc. Tim Clark told him they matched his DNA to the two women.
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