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Fairfax rapist sentenced to 32 years in prison

A man who pleaded guilty to breaking into a home in the Tysons Corner area and raping a woman in 1987 has been sentenced to 32 years in prison by a Fairfax County judge.

The victim told police she was attacked by a man who wore a mask and gloves. Last year, Fairfax cold-case sex crimes detectives revisited the May 1987 incident, on Lisle Avenue in the Pimmit Hills neighborhood, and resubmitted DNA to a national database. The DNA matched a man then living in Pennsylvania, and in November, police arrested John Q. Kinsey, 49, on charges of rape and burglary with intent to rape.

Kinsey had a prior conviction for attempted rape, prosecutors said, which placed his DNA in the system.

Kinsey pleaded guilty to both charges before Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Stanley P. Klein in March. Although Klein retired in April, he returned Thursday to sentence Kinsey. Klein imposed a 50-year sentence on the rape charge, but suspended 23 of those years for a 27-year term. He added a five-year consecutive term on the burglary charge.

Because the crime occurred before 1990, when parole was abolished in Virginia, Kinsey will be eligible for parole, though prisoner advocates say parole is rarely granted.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  June 4, 2010; 4:47 PM ET
Categories:  Cold Cases , Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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