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Verdict: 40 Years For Three-Year Old Rape, Stabbing

Cory Lee Perry was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 1998 stabbing and rape of a homeless woman.

Perry, 19, was sentenced last week in Alexandria Circuit Court after pleading guilty to malicious wounding and rape in November, 2001. He was caught nearly three years after he committed the crime because of a DNA match.

The assault occurred on Oct. 31, 1998. Perry, 16 at the time, came upon a homeless woman sleeping in a park in the 200 block of Madison Street in Alexandria. According to court documents,” he produced a knife, ordered the woman to remove her pants and raped her. He slashed her arms, her wrists, her buttocks and her neck and told her not to get blood on him,” said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Jennifer Pollard in court.

The victim spent nearly a week in the hospital and was prepared to testify at Perry’s trial. That was not necessary because of the guilty plea.

“I can’t tell you how happy we are to have the DNA data bank,” Pollard said. “It was very clear to us that Perry clearly presented a danger to the community. I am very pleased with the sentence.”