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Raleigh Man Sentenced to at Least 76 Years for Rape and Attempted Murder

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This photo of Bem Holloway was taken the day after he was arrested.(WRAL-TV5 News)
RALEIGH — A 21-year-old man was sentenced to at least 76 years in prison for the rape and attempted murder of a Raleigh woman he attacked in her own home.

Bem Kayin Holloway pleaded guilty to attempted murder, rape, robbery and breaking and entering.

Holloway was also charged in the first-degree murder of a Wilmington woman. Thursday, police found the remains of Peggy Carr in Bladen County. She had been missing since April.

Superior Court Judge Knox Jenkins sentenced Holloway to between 76 and 95 years in prison Tuesday after the 22-year-old woman who was left to die and her mother testified in the case.

The younger woman, 22, told the court through videotaped testimony she came home May 20 and surprised Holloway who had broken into the house in northern Wake County. About five hours later, the woman's mother arrived home.

Both women were tied up with duct tape, but the younger woman said she decided to fight Holloway. Then he began stabbing her in the throat and stomach.

She said Holloway was frustrated the knife was too dull and left her to get a board. Then the younger woman decided to make a run for it, and when the mother heard the front door slam she also struggled free.

``He stole a lot from me. It's overwhelming to know somebody your age is capable of doing this to another human being,'' the younger woman said.

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