- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to shooting a prostitute and later to the knifepoint abduction and rape of two women has been sentenced to 24 to 48 years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Foschini of Nanticoke offered a brief apology before he was sentenced Monday in Luzerne County on charges including rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault

Prosecutors said Foschini was linked to the sexual assaults after his 2014 arrest in the shooting of a prostitute who went to a Wilkes-Barre hospital in December 2014 with head and hand wounds. Officials said the sexual assaults occurred in remote cemeteries in December 2011 and November 2012.

Defense attorney Joseph Sklarosky Sr. said his client had “fallen into the trap of many young people” who do drugs and get into trouble.

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