Ohio man sentenced to 30 years in rape case

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Posted: Mar 08, 2011 10:43 PM
Ohio man sentenced to 30 years in rape case

An Ohio man accused of holding a woman captive for 10 days and repeatedly raping her was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison after a judge denied his attempt to withdraw his guilty plea.

William Manis of Hamilton had pleaded guilty in January to two counts of kidnapping and nine counts of rape. But Manis said he was having panic attacks when he pleaded guilty, the JournalNews of Hamilton reported.

"I wasn't in good shape at all," Manis said.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers countered Manis' claim, saying he believed Manis "appeared to be thinking clearly" at the time, and pointed out that had an attorney present.

A 22-year-old woman told police that Manis kept her locked in a closet with her hands and feet bound until she escaped by jumping out of a second-story window in November.

"He made me his own little pet," she told the JournalNews in November. "He would take me out to bathe me, feed me, change my clothes, and rape me."

The woman acknowledged she had been a prostitute and went into Manis' home voluntarily, but said he assaulted her and kept her tied up in the closet until her escape.

Authorities also had said that Manis told the woman he would kill her and then kill himself if she tried to escape.

Before his guilty plea, Manis had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but was declared competent to stand trial. Manis' lawyer has said that his client has a history of psychological problems.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$schjnfront?jnfront