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Porterville man who raped 87-year-old woman sentenced to life

A jury convicted 41-year-old Kory Tapia of Porterville of breaking into the home of an 87-year-old woman and raping her.

UPDATE: Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 41-year-old Kory Tapia of Porterville will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping an elderly woman.

On Wednesday, November 7th, Tapia was sentenced to 136 years-to-life in prison.

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October 11, 2018 - A jury convicted 41-year-old Kory Tapia of Porterville of breaking into the home of an 87-year-old woman and raping her.

Tapia was convicted of two counts of forcible rape and one count of elder abuse, with special allegations of burglary with the intent to commit a sex offense and use of a deadly weapon.

He was also convicted of one count of possession of child pornography, one count of false imprisonment of an elder, and other charges related to the sexual assault.

The attack happened around 3:00 a.m. on October 29, 2016.

The woman told police the man came in while she was sleeping and raped her.

She said he put a pillow over her face and got angry when she tried to fight him off, so he punched her in the face and raped her again.

DNA was used to match Tapia, who was in the system for prior multiple convictions, including misdemeanor lewd conduct and peeking for a 2007 incident.

“I cannot imagine anything more horrific than what the victim in this case endured,” said Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward. “Law enforcement and prosecutors should be commended for taking this predator off the streets.”

Tapia faces 138 years-to-life in prison at sentencing scheduled for November 7, 2018.

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