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Kansas City man gets life in prison for 2016 rape

Posted: 5:06 PM, Oct 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-18 18:06:49-04
Arthur Norman Jr.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for raping a woman in 2016, prosecutors said.

A Jackson County judge sentenced Arthur Norman Jr., 59, to life in prison for the rape conviction, plus an additional 10 years on a charge of armed criminal action.

According to court records, a woman told police she had been raped on Aug. 3, 2016, inside her home on East Eighth Street near Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The woman said she was sleeping in her locked bedroom when a man, who was standing over her, woke her up. He put his hand over her mouth and held a knife to her throat.

After he raped her, Norman threatened to kill her if she called police.

In 2018, the Kansas City Police Crime Lab said genetic evidence from the victim’s sexual assault kit matched a convicted offender in the CODIS system.

Norman, a registered sex offender, told police that he knew the victim but denied having any sexual contact with her or being in her home.