Man convicted of raping 12-year-old girl in Colorado Springs gets 224 years to life in prison

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A man convicted of kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl in Colorado Springs has been sentenced to 224 years to life in prison.

The Gazette reports District Judge Timothy J. Schutz sentenced 24-year-old Leonard Wayne Palmer on Friday. Palmer was convicted in April of rape, kidnapping and child enticement.

Palmer grabbed the girl as she was walking to a school bus stop in 2011, according to her family.

Prosecutors say he had escaped a jail in Epps, La., with a fellow inmate only days before the Oct. 25, 2011, attack. He was accused of intercepting the girl on her morning walk to the bus stop, dragging her into an alley and raping her.

Palmer had been convicted of nine prior felonies.

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