Kansas City man sentenced to 137 years for assault, rape

A Kansas City man was sentenced to 137 years in prison Thursday for a rape in which he was identified, in part, by his shoeprint on the victim’s face.

Stephen J. Lockhart, 22, was found guilty after a weeklong trial in the April 30, 2011, attack on a 19-year-old woman he grabbed from her apartment steps in the 3700 block of North Walrond Avenue. Jurors recommended the 137-year sentence.

During the hearing Thursday, the judge imposed a 122-year prison term on the rape conviction and 15 years for the assault, said Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd.

Zahnd said Lockhart forced the victim into a car and threatened to snap her neck if she tried to escape. He raped her in a secluded area north of Tiffany Springs Park, choked her with a belt and stomped on her face. The woman fell in and out of consciousness, Zahnd said.

The victim later walked naked about two miles to the 9600 block of North Hampton Avenue, where she knocked on a door for help. She had a swollen face, bloody mouth, cuts and scratches all over her body and ligature marks on her neck.