Archive for Thursday, June 22, 2006

Jury finds suspect in ‘04 rape guilty

June 22, 2006

The man accused of robbing a Lansing convenience store and raping a clerk there in December 2004 now faces prison time for the crimes.

A Leavenworth County jury this week found Gregory Mark George Jr., 26, Kansas City, Kan., guilty on all four charges related to the incident at Wood Oil Co., 109 4-H Road.

George has been held in the Leavenworth County Jail since his arrest shortly after the crimes took place. His first trial on the charges, in October 2005, ended in a mistrial. Subsequent events delayed George's retrial until this week.

Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman hailed the verdict and said perhaps now the victim could get on with her life.

"I genuinely hope the victim finds comfort in his being found guilty," Wayman said. "My best wishes go out to her. : It's one of those things where the scars will never go away completely, and that's the bad part."

Jurors found George guilty of aggravated robbery, rape, aggravated intimidation of a witness or victim and kidnapping.

A hearing on post-trial motions is scheduled in Leavenworth County District Court for June 30, at which time a sentencing hearing likely will be scheduled. George faces up to 50 years in prison, said Deborah Owens, a spokeswoman for the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office.

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