Lawrence man gets life sentence for child rape

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas man will spend at least 25 years in prison for the rape of a young girl who told police she was repeatedly abused over a period of years.

A Douglas County judge on Wednesday gave Robert Leo Hill two life sentences – one for rape, the other for aggravated indecent liberties.

The 42-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to the charges last month. Prosecutors dropped eight other counts in exchange for Hill’s acceptance of the life sentences.

The sentences will run together, and Hill will be eligible for parole after 25 years.

Hill told the judge Wednesday he was “very, very, very sorry” and never meant to harm the victim, who is now 12 years old and has moved out of Kansas.

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