Fmr. LMPD cadet gets 15 years for rape, sodomy conviction

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 3:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Chauncy Rhodes was sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison Friday after he was convicted of rape back in March.

Despite pleas from his family, the judge was unforgiving for what he called a "heinous crime."

"In accordance with the jury the sentence will be 15 years," Judge Olu Stevens said.

Rhodes, a former LMPD recruit, broke down in tears when the sentenced was read aloud. Surrounded by his fiancé, family and friends, not a dry eye in court.

Rhodes was convicted of raping and sodomizing a woman who passed out at a Halloween party.

His mother addressed the court and claimed his innocence. His stepfather adamant of a wrongful conviction.

Woodrow Barlow, Rhodes' stepfather, said: "You're asking him to show remorse. If you didn't do something you're not going to show remorse because in your heart you know you didn't do it."


WHAS 11: "What do you think about 15 years?"
Family: "I think murderers get a whole lot less."

Rhodes and his fiancé have a child due next month. Now the former police recruit with no previous criminal record will do time and could be part of the sex offender treatment program.

Erin White, prosecutor, said: "He deserves it to be punished as long as he will be."

Rhodes wrote letters to the judge, blaming others and the justice system for his crimes.

Judge said: "You refuse to accept responsibility for what you've done."

His fiancé was supposed to speak up in court, but it was too emotional and it never happened. 

The judge said Rhodes now has a lot of time to do some soul searching.

 

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