Ex-Fresno Minister Gets 100 Years for Rape

June 12, 2009 5:29:26 PM PDT
The former minister accused of raping four women at knifepoint during a string of attacks in Fresno may spend the rest of his life in prison.The judge in the case addressed convicted rapist Anthony Ireland directly before sentencing him to four 25-year sentences.

Investigators say Ireland picked up women, believed to be prostitutes, along Motel Drive in Central Fresno.

Ireland offered an apology to the victims and the court before Friday's sentencing.

Ireland was convicted last month, after a trail that included a courtroom scene where the prosecutor waved around the knife used during the attacks.

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