Crime & Courts

Man gets 93 years for raping elderly woman

A Johnson County judge on Friday sentenced a Grandview man to almost 93 years for a crime spree that included a sexual assault on a 92-year-old woman.

A jury previously convicted Simon Angilda, 21, of rape, sodomy, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary related to the June 29 attack on a Leawood woman who used a walker. They also convicted him of seven other counts for other crimes the same night in a spree fueled by alcohol and drugs, and of three counts of violating a protection order for later trying to call the rape victim from the jail.

Before sentencing, Judge Stephen Tatum told Angilda his conduct showed "clear disrespect for the law, the rights of other persons and decency."

Jurors found aggravating circumstances to the crimes, allowing the judge to double many sentences, which he did.

Defense lawyers had argued that the victim's age should not have been allowed as an aggravating circumstance, but Tatum noted Friday that Kansas laws allow harsh punishment for those who prey on the young and the elderly.

Before sentencing, Angilda said he was sorry, apologized to the victim and her family and took responsibility. "Even though I was under the influence of drugs and alcohol I still chose to do those things," he said. "I don't have no excuses."

Prosecutor Lannie Ornburn asked for the maximum sentence for Angilda for attacking a frail elderly woman and testifying at trial that it was consensual sex.

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