Baker man accused of kidnapping 2 females and raping them 12 years apart pleads guilty


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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A 50-year-old Baker man accused of kidnapping two females in Baton Rouge and raping them 12 years apart has pleaded guilty to both sex crimes in exchange for a 40-year prison term.

Michael A. Rushing, who was scheduled to stand trial Monday, faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of aggravated rape in the 2012 incident involving a 22-year-old woman. He was charged with forcible rape in the 2000 assault of a 14-year-old girl.

The Advocate reports ( ) Rushing pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible rape The 40 years in prison must be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Prosecutors dropped a second-degree kidnapping charge in each incident.

Information from: The Advocate,

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