- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man who raped a 13-year-old girl in 1988 has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Joseph Blea was sentenced Monday to two consecutive 18 year sentences. An Albuquerque jury convicted him last week after prosecutors showed that his DNA was found on the girl after she was raped by a masked man inside her home more than 25 years ago.

The 58-year-old faces another trial later this year for raping another child and two adult victims in 1990 and 1993.

Prosecutors say Blea wasn’t identified as a suspect until a 2010 forensic analysis of evidence collected after the girl’s rape tied him to the attack.



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