The Cortland County District Attorney says a Cortland man will be going to prison for 20 years after begin convicted of rape in a horrific case where a woman was held captive in the man’s basement and sexually assaulted.

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59-year-old Raymond Cole Junior reportedly imprisoned the woman May 30 of 2019, injected her with drugs (bath salts), raped her and locked her in a closet pantry in his basement.

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The woman was hospitalized for several days, place in a medically-induced coma and put on life support following the attack.

District Attorney Patrick Perfetti says he doesn’t feel the sentence is remotely adequate related to the victim’s suffering.

Cole was sentenced for convictions on charges of rape, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful imprisonment.

Perfetti noted the jury had a lot to deal with during the trial, starting with the horrific nature of the case then dealing with the COVID pandemic at the commencement of the trial and waiting through a 4-month recess before the trial could resume in July.

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