- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Crow Agency man was sentenced Wednesday to 27½ years in prison for raping and assaulting a woman who had picked him up while he was hitchhiking near Billings last year.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters followed the prosecution’s recommendation in sentencing Garrett Dean Door Sr., saying the public needs to be protected from him. Door’s attorney had asked for a shorter prison sentence of up to almost 20 years.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1dh4cpF ) Door, 58, has 100 previous criminal convictions including three for sexual offenses.

In December, a jury convicted Door of aggravated sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit aggravated sexual abuse in connection with the May 6, 2014 hitchhiking incident.

On that day, a woman said she picked up Door after seeing him hitchhiking and limping in a rain storm outside Billings on U.S. Highway 212, according to court records. After driving him to a post office and other locations, he gave directions to a home he claimed was his on a remote dirt road.

At some point the woman became concerned and asked Door to get out of the car. She was punched in the face and an altercation followed in which Door choked and sexually assaulted the woman, court records said. She eventually escaped and called authorities.

Prosecutors said Door needed punishment and not rehabilitation because he had been to seven treatment programs without success.

Watters said Door has not been a contributing member of any community. She also called Door’s criminal record “horrendous” and “probably record-setting” with assault, theft, burglary and drunken driving convictions, among others.

“I guess I’m sorry for everything,” Door said at the sentencing.

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