Ketchikan man sentenced to 25 years for rape conviction

Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A man convicted of rape was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

Frank W. Mooney, 46, in January was convicted of assaulting a woman Sept. 10. According to court records, the woman was able to escape and Mooney chased her down Tongass Avenue.

During sentencing, assistant district attorney Dan Schally requested the maximum 30-years sentence. He said Mooney's horrible prior record indicated an utter lack of potential for rehabilitation.

Mooney's attorney, Lauren Stanton, said his client was a good candidate for rehabilitation. Following his first rape conviction and six years in jail, Stanton said, Mooney spent about 14 years without a criminal conviction.

Stanton said the latest rape charge was not as serious as others because the encounter started out as consensual.

Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson reminded Stanton that the minimum sentence was 25 years. State statutes require additional jail time for convicted criminals with at least three prior felonies and Mooney had five.

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