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WARREN Man pleads guilty to rape, faces jail



Published: Thu, August 15, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The prosecutor dropped three rape charges in exchange for the defendant's guilty plea.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A 24-year-old city man faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping and kidnapping a former girlfriend.

Chris Fenton of Crestview Avenue pleaded guilty Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to aggravated burglary, kidnapping and rape.

Judge W. Wyatt McKay said Fenton will be sentenced after a background check by the county adult probation department.

Diane Barber, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said Fenton faces three to 30 years in prison.

Barber stated that Fenton had faced four charges of rape plus a count each of aggravated burglary and kidnapping, but she dropped three rape charges in exchange for his guilty plea.

What happened

"On March 1, Mr. Fenton and his girlfriend were broken up, but he went to her home," Barber said. She added that when Fenton realized the woman wasn't home he broke into the house.

"He stayed in the house and waited for her," Barber said.

"When she returned to the house with her two children, he sexually assaulted her."

Police said Fenton held the woman at knife point.

Her children were not injured, Barber said.

The woman also told police that Fenton cut his wrist before fleeing her home.

Fenton was arrested on the charges a few days later and released on a $50,000 bond.

A neighbor of the victim's told police in June that she saw Fenton looking in the windows of the victim's home, Barber said.

"I then asked the judge to increase Mr. Fenton's bond to $250,000," Barber said.

Fenton remains in the county jail.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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