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N. Arizona man gets 31 years for raping neighbor

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A Prescott man who broke into his next-door neighbor’s
house and raped her last March has been sentenced to more than 31 years in
prison.

Police identified James Elliot Vinson, 38, after viewing surveillance
tapes from another neighbor’s home and from a grocery store minutes after the
attack. DNA evidence and Vinson’s palm print on the victim’s window sill also
linked him to the crime.

The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office said the majority of the sentence handed
down Wednesday must be served without the chance of early release. Court records
show Vinson pleaded guilty to sexual assault, armed burglary, kidnapping and a
weapons charge.

Vinson taped the woman’s eyes and hands and held a gun to her heard during the
assault.

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