Man Sentenced to Life Under Jessica’s Law

NESS CITY, Kan. (AP) A former Ness City man who was convicted in August of raping someone under 14 years old has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Benito Cardenas, 37, was convicted in Ness County of rape and aggravated sodomy under Jessica’s Law. He was sentenced Tuesday to life on each of the two convictions, with the sentences to run concurrently.

The crimes happened in Ness City in September 2010. Cardenas was living in Dodge City at the time of his arrest in April 2011.

Also Tuesday, prosecutors filed aggravated escape and felony theft charges against Cardenas, who escaped from the Ness County Jail after his conviction and was later apprehended in Trego County.