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Boston man is sentenced in 1991 rape.

Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER - A Boston man charged with raping a woman more than two decades ago was sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty yesterday.

Tyrone Garden, 47, was sentenced by Judge David Ricciardone to 9 to 10 years' imprisonment after pleading guilty in Worcester Superior Court to aggravated rape. Mr. Garden was charged with the Sept. 18, 1991, sexual assault in 2006, after investigators learned his DNA profile matched DNA derived from physical evidence in the case.

The victim, a 33-year-old woman who was living with her 10-year-old son on Dewey Street, told police she was awakened in the middle of the night by a man on top of her who told her he was armed with a firearm and threatened to kill her if she moved or made any noise.

The woman said she was raped after pleading with her assailant not to hurt her or her son, who was asleep in another room.

The initial police investigation failed to produce any suspects.

It was not until Sept. 11, 2006, one week before the 15-year statute of limitations would have expired, that Worcester police sought a criminal complaint against Mr. Garden in the case. That occurred after investigators learned that Mr. Garden's DNA profile, which was in the CODIS, or Combined DNA Index System database, matched a genetic profile derived from forensic samples recovered as part of the rape investigation.

Mr. Garden was indicted in 2007, moving his case from Central District Court to Worcester Superior Court.

An assault with intent to rape charge against Mr. Garden was dismissed.

Mr. Garden was represented by lawyer John M. Goggins. Assistant District Attorney Joseph J. Reilly III prosecuted the case.

Mr. Garden was given credit for 1,794 days he spent in custody awaiting trial.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Feb 2, 2012
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