Louisiana rape pleas by man convicted in Florida, Colorado

Mar 29, 2015 2:24 PM by News Staff

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Virginia man convicted of sex crimes in Florida and Colorado has pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible rape in New Orlealns.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says 30-year-old Michael Lee Jones was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison - 40 years on one charge and five on the other.

He was sentenced to two years in Florida after pleading guilty to sexual battery with a weapon and aggravated battery against a cruise worker in February 2005. She was found comatose after a beating that left her unable to remember much about the attack.

Cannizzaro says DNA linked Jones to three cold cases - two in New Orleans in 2003, and one in Colorado in 2005.

Jones got a sentence of 24 years to life in the Colorado case.

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