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May 5, 2014

Kansas City man sentenced for 1992 rapes of teenagers; DNA evidence led to his conviction

Keith L. Harris, 49, was arrested in December 2012 in Platte County, where he had registered as a sex offender. His DNA profile matched evidence from the 1992 case.

A man linked by DNA evidence to the 1992 rapes of two teenaged girls was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison.

Keith L. Harris, 49, was arrested in December 2012 in Platte County, where he had registered as a sex offender. His DNA profile matched evidence from the 1992 case.

The two victims, aged 18 and 19, told police the met Harris at a bar in Kansas City, Kan., and agreed to ride with him in his semi truck. They said he stopped the truck in Kansas City and raped them while threatening them with a knife.

Harris was sentenced to seven years each on two counts of rape. They are to run consecutively.

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