A man from Queens has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the brutal rape of a woman on the Lower East Side last year.
Last month, 27-year old Kevin King pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to first degree rape. In his guilty plea, King admitted that on August 8, 2012 he followed a woman onto an elevator in an undisclosed public housing development on the LES, dragged her into a stairwell on an upper floor, choked his victim “to the point of unconsciousness” and then raped her. The woman was seriously injured. According to a press release from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, King “stole the victim’s identification and credit cards, the latter of which he later used to make purchases at a pet store.”
“Kevin King showed no mercy for the woman he raped in the stairwell of a NYCHA building last year,” District Attorney Cy Vance said. “During this violent assault, he not only robbed the survivor of her money, but he also stole her sense of safety. We recognize that the effects of such an attack can linger long after the attack is over. This lengthy prison sentence demonstrates that violent crimes have serious consequences.”
In addition to the prison term, King was sentenced to 20 years of post-release supervision.
The D.A.’s office did not specify the housing project in which the crime took place in order to protect the victim’s privacy.