'Werewolf rapist' gets 17-40 years

March 5, 2009 7:47:53 AM PST
A western Pennsylvania man who wore a werewolf Halloween mask when he broke into a woman's house and raped her has been sentenced to 17 to 40 years in state prison. Twenty-one-year-old Vaughn Crews, of Donora, continues to maintain his innocence, telling the judge who sentenced him Wednesday, "I'm accused of actions I did not commit."

A Washington County jury convicted Crews of rape and several related charges in November.

Police say he handcuffed the woman and stuffed lingerie in her mouth as she prepared for work on Jan. 23, 2008. Police linked him to the attack with DNA.

The victim says Crews is a "coward that needs help."

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

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