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Prosecutors seek 100-plus years in prison for rapist

Staff Report • Dec 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Prosecutors are seeking consecutive sentences that could add up to more than 100 years for the man convicted earlier this year in the rape of a young woman who was jolted from her sleep while house-sitting at a North Chattanooga home.

Tracey A. Roberson, 37, who is expected to be sentenced Monday in Hamilton County Criminal Court, could receive more than 100 years in prison if Judge Rebecca Stern chooses to impose the maximum sentence on each of eight convictions, including aggravated rape and especially aggravated kidnapping. "The state of Tennessee contends the defendant to be a dangerous offender whose behavior indicates little or no regard for human life," Executive Assistant District Attorney Neal Pinkston states in his sentencing motion. "Consecutive sentencing would be reasonably related to the severity of the convicted offenses."

Requests for consecutive sentencing are rare, according to the district attorney's office. In most cases when a person is convicted of more than one offense, sentences run concurrently.

Read the full report at the Chattanooga Times Free Press Web site.

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