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Durham Man Sentenced For Rape Attempt

Posted February 7, 2007

— A man will spend 10 years in prison after being convicted of climbing into bed with a couple and trying to rape the wife.

Lorenzo Mondragon entered an Alford plea Wednesday, meaning he acknowledged that the evidence in the case could result in a conviction, but does not require him to admit guilt.

Prosecutors said the maintenance man broke into a Durham couple's house on Chapel Hill Road in March 2004.

Mondragon was convicted in an earlier case for attacking a female jogger in Duke Forest. After he entered the prison system, police used hIs DNA from the state's DNA database to connect him to the case.

In that case, Mondragon was sentenced to at least eight years in prison. Now, Mondragon's sentence will be served at the same time as his current sentence.

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  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 8, 2007

    If you want to go to jail for a long time just sell drugs, if you do anything else you basically just get a weekend behind bars. Why is everything upside down?

  • 3potato4 Feb 7, 2007

    10 years...nope, not long enough (unless this is a milestone case of "truth in sentencing") however, could anyone explain to me how the Preacher (story from a short while back) received 7 years for killing his wife???

  • Sherlockholmes Feb 7, 2007

    If This Man Had Weasled His Way Into My House And Had Tried Climbing Into My Bed To Rape My Wife. He Would Have NEVER EVER Have Made It To The Courthouse. The First Stop For This Guy Would Have Been The Morgue Pending Identification And Notification Of Next Of Kin.

  • DOG Feb 7, 2007

    I wish the article had given the name of the judge that agreed to accept this plea. He needs to explain his actions to the people that voted for him to be a judge. ONLY IN DURHAM

  • In search of justice Feb 7, 2007

    2 cheers for our criminal justice system! hip hip hooray! hip hip, hooray!! Another fine example of our tax dollars and laws at work.

    I'm sure these laws will change when they have a direct impact on the law makers and judges themselves.

  • normalthinking Feb 7, 2007

    its not mind-boggling its the norm for durham

  • blueridgelab Feb 7, 2007

    Liberal lawyers and liberal judges have weakened the law until it no longer has any authority. Plea deals are made every day. Prosecutors and law enforcement have little leverage or power when it comes to the legal justice system. Criminals have more rights than victims. Think about this. Mondragon will serve his sentence in an air conditioned and heated facility with three good meals a day, clean linens, clothes, TV, library, exercise equipment, access to medical facilities, mail, visitors, continuing education classes, and opportunity to earn money and purchase items from the prison store. Oh, and he has civil rights which are faithfully watched and maintained by watch dog groups like the ACLU,
    and Amnesty International.

    Yep, 10 years of that "hell" will really straighten him out.

  • ncfishfinder Feb 7, 2007

    starting to wonder whose side the DA is on

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  • In search of justice Feb 7, 2007

    I don't understand... if he was convicted in a previous case for 8 years, someone PLEASE explain to me how he was "free" to committ another crime in March 2004.How is it possible that he can now serve both sentences at the same time??? When these criminals start effecting the lives of the law-makers and judges who pass down these terms, then we'll see changes, right?? Is that what it gonna take?? A dern shame.