A Mapleton man will spend at least 10 years in the state prison for breaking into a woman's home and raping her at knife point last Oct. 14, 4th District Judge Ray M. Harding ordered Friday.
Calling the crime "shocking to the conscience of the community," Harding rejected arguments by public defender Stott Harston that mitigating circumstances warranted a lesser sentence for defendant, Roger Giles, 32.Under state law, Harding had a choice of sentencing Giles to a mandatory term of five years to life, 10 years to life or 15 years to life. Harding also sentenced Giles to an additional term of one to 15 years for aggravated burglary.
Giles pleaded guilty last month to aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary. A second charge of aggravated sexual assault was dropped in exchange for Giles' guilty pleas.
Harston argued that the crime resulted from Giles' "slavery to alcohol" and that he was drunk at the time the crime occurred. "But for the alcohol, we wouldn't be here," he said.
Relatives and a former employer told the court Giles was a good person but behaved differently when under the influence of alcohol.
"I'm sorry for what I've done," Giles said. "I don't think I'll ever be able to forgive myself. No matter what happens, I'm going to quit my drinking."