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Man Receives Life Sentence for Rape and Theft in Pike County

Troy – (WDNews) In a recent development in Pike County, Antonio Price has been handed a life sentence following his guilty plea to charges of rape in the first degree, theft in the first degree, and unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, according to District Attorney James Tarbox.

Tarbox explained that the severity of the sentence was influenced by Price’s criminal history and the nature of the crimes. He clarified that a negotiated settlement led to Price receiving a life sentence. However, had he proceeded to trial and been found guilty, Price could have faced life without parole.

The incident, which occurred last August, saw the victim in her home on Mulberry Street in Troy, accompanied by Price after spending time with a group of people. The victim retired to bed under the assumption that everyone else would depart. However, she awoke to find Price standing over her, leading to a violent assault resulting in injuries to her face. Subsequently, Price tied her up and absconded with her car.

Fortunately, the victim managed to free herself and seek refuge at a friend’s house, where she contacted law enforcement. Following an investigation, DNA evidence conclusively linked Price to the crime.

District Attorney Tarbox emphasized the gravity of Price’s actions, stating, “Our office will appear at any future parole hearings for defendant Price and work to ensure that ‘Life means Life’ and that he deserves to be incarcerated for the rest of his life for the actions for which he has now pled guilty.”

The sentencing serves as a reminder of the importance of swift and just consequences for perpetrators of such heinous crimes, offering some measure of closure to the victim and the community affected by this tragic event.