Portsmouth man sentenced to life for raping child

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- A man has been sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for raping a child under the age of 13 back in October of 2012.

Arthur Burke, 30, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him on April 11, 2017.

The victim of Burke's crimes was under 13 at the time of the offense. 

The trial lasted two days, and the jury trial convicted him of rape and indecent liberties by a custodian.

The jury recommended a sentence of life in prison, the mandatory minimum for rape of a child under the age of 13, and a fine of $2,500 for indecent liberties charge.

Burke said in open court during the sentencing hearing that if he was going to be sentenced to the rest of his life in prison, he might as well be executed.

 

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