- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Recent testing of DNA evidence from a 1974 rape case has confirmed a jury’s decades-old finding that a man serving a life sentence was the person who broke into a Virginia Beach townhouse and robbed and raped the woman sleeping inside.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1p5sSYg ) reports that the finding was contained in an order entered last month into Joe Stevenson’s court file in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

Attorneys from the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project first requested the tests in 2014 after being contacted by Stevenson more than a decade before. DNA analysis was not available at the time the then-28-year-old woman was attacked in the Oceanfront-area home.

Stevenson, who was 22 at the time, was arrested two weeks later based on the description provided by the victim and sentenced to life in prison.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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