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Jury recommends life sentence in rape case

A jury recommended life in prison for a Gloucester man it found guilty of second offense rape last week, according to Gloucester Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly Smith.

Robert Boyd Stokes, 57, of Waverley Lane was found guilty of rape, second offense, and abduction by a jury in Gloucester Circuit Court on Friday. The jury recommended a sentence of life in prison for the rape charge and 10 years incarceration on the abduction charge, Smith said.

Stokes, represented by Gloucester attorney John Singleton, had pleaded not guilty to both charges. Stokes also pleaded not guilty to a charge of strangulation and was found not guilty of that charge by the jury.

Smith said Stokes abducted and raped a woman in the Rangtang Road area of Gloucester on June 9, 2016. She said the woman arrived at the home of the defendant to visit with his girlfriend, who was a friend of hers.

According to Smith, the victim testified that when the friend was not found there, Stokes told her that he could take ...

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