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MERRIMAC, Mass. (WCVB) — A Merrimac, Massachusetts, man accused of raping & kidnapping a 74-year-old woman has pleaded guilty.
The Essex County District Attorney’s Office said William Raia admitted to breaking into a woman's home last July & raping her repeatedly.
Raia pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping, armed assault in a dwelling, 3 counts of aggravated rape, assault to rape, strangulation, 2 counts of assault & battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, assault & battery on a person over 60, causing injury & breaking & entering in the nighttime causing fear.
Investigators said the victim woke on July 3, 2021, to Raia standing over her.
"She was awoken by a noise, she realized there was a man standing next to her bed. Before she could react, that individual began to strangle her, beat her about the face & body & shove his fingers down her throat so she couldn’t breathe," prosecutor Kate MacDougall said at Raia's July 2021 arraignment.
The victim was was sexually assaulted, beaten & pepper-sprayed.
Early in the investigation, investigators said Raia's DNA was found on a beer can that was found at the scene.
A cellphone belonging to Raia's wife was also found at the scene.
A judge sentenced him to serve 22 years in prison.
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