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Serial rapist gets up to 50 years for 1993 rape

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DNA testing has led to 97 indictments on cold case rapes. DNA testing has led to 97 indictments on cold case rapes.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO/CBS) -

Kenneth Parker, 55, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping for several rapes in 1993. 

He was sentenced today to spend 16 to 50 years in jail. 

Parker's DNA was tied to sexual assault kits taken in 1993. The Ohio BCI began testing cold case rape kits in 2012. 

Parker was set to be released in 2015 after serving 18 years for two rapes committed in Columbus back in 1996. However, his new sentence will begin at that time. 

"But for the DNA evidence, the victims in this case might never have gotten justice, and this serial rapist would have been free next year to resume attacking innocent women," said Assistant County Prosecutor Maxwell Martin, who prosecuted Parker for the State of Ohio. "Now this community will stay remain safe from Mr. Parker's depravity."

Since March of 2013, the DNA Cold Case task force has been investigating the kits and their work has led to 97 indictments, and Parker's conviction is the 24th conviction. About one third of those indicted have been serial rapists. 

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