Man sentenced for rape of 90-year-old

Mpurnwa appears for sentencing in Montgomery County courtroom (WDTN Photo/Maytal Levi)
Mpurnwa appears for sentencing in Montgomery County courtroom (WDTN Photo/Maytal Levi)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Montgomery County courtroom fell silent as a 93-year-old woman faced her rapist Wednesday morning.

The victim took the podium, looking directly at her rapist, Jean Paul Mpurnwa and said,”I’m glad this day has come so he can’t do it to someone else.”

The defense argued Mpurnwa is mentally ill and suffers from schizophrenia. His attorney, Vic Hodge said at the time of the rape his client was suffering from his illness and was not on medication.

Hodge told the judge that Mpurnwa and his family escaped from Rwanda and witnessed terrible, traumatic events.

“I would suggest his mental illness play a role in the commission of this offense,” said defense attorney, who describes Mpurnwa as detached.

Prosecutors argued no doctor supported that theory and Mpurnwa knows rape is wrong.

Mpurnwa was sentenced to 11 years on rape and kidnapping charges (the judge merged the two charges) and two years for felonious assault. He served three years in jail while the case played out in court, that time will be credited to Mpurnwa’s sentence. In total, he’s expected to serve 10 years.

He is not eligible for early release on the rape/kidnapping charge. He will also likely be deported reportedly to Africa after serving his time.

Mpurnwa is originally from Rwanda and had a translator explain what was happening throughout his sentencing.

He was found guilty of kidnapping, felonious assault and rape earlier this month.

The incident happened in 2013 near a bike path in Dayton.

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