- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jackson County prosecutors are dropping charges against a man already in prison for a series of rapes that frightened the Kansas City area in the 1980s.

Bernard Jackson is serving 18 consecutive life sentences for those crimes.

Jackson, who is 58, was convicted of crimes committed against five women in 1983 and 1984. He was paroled in 2008 and became a suspect when similar crimes were reported soon after his release.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Tuesday her office decided to drop 22 charges in crimes in 2009 and 2010 that Jackson allegedly committed.

Peters Baker says the charges were dropped because Jackson likely will spend the rest of his life in prison. She says the victims of the later crimes agreed with the decision.

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