OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) A former cross-country truck driver has been found guilty for the second time in the 2000 kidnapping and rape of a Kansas teenager.
A Franklin County jury on Monday convicted Ralph E. Corey, 53, of five charges for kidnapping a 16-year-old Ottawa girl as she left work. She was driven to several locations in Ottawa and sexually assaulted.
After Corey was found guilty of the same charges in July, a juror admitted accessing information about the case from a smartphone during the trial. That violated the judge’s instruction, leading to a mistrial.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the case went cold until 2011, when Corey’s DNA profile was matched to evidence found at the crime scene.
He will be sentenced Dec. 11.