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By F.T. Norton

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — A New Hanover County judge sentenced Harold Goins Jr., 37, to three consecutive life terms in prison without parole Thursday for raping a female cousin in 2010, five days after being released from serving 11 years in prison for a throat slashing in 1996.

Goins was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping, rape, two counts of sexual offense, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was found not guilty of pointing a firearm during the rape.

The 27-year-old victim testified that Goins confronted her with a knife and raped her in July 2010, then forced her to shower and clean up any evidence. She said he threatened to shoot her if she called police.

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