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Convicted rapist sentenced for 2002 sex offense

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A convicted Onslow County rapist serving 14 years was sentenced today for another sex offense he committed in 2002. A New Hanover County Superior Court judge sentenced Troy D. Simmons to a maximum of 56 years behind bars without the possibility of parole. The 56 years is on top of the time Simmons is already serving. The sentence handed down Wednesday won't start until 2014. Simmons's DNA was put in to a national database and a random match linked him to a condom wrapper found in the bedroom of the apartment where the 2002 sexual assault took place. The prosecution says the victim took a cab to a friend's apartment after a night of drinking. When she entered the house she errantly left the key in the door. That's when Simmons entered the house and forced her to perform oral sex. The DA says that DNA evidence was critical in keeping a dangerous man behind bars. Between Simmons's sentencing for the 2001 rape in Onslow County and his imprisonment, Connie Jordan says he also assaulted other women. Those women testified in this trial, helping prosecutors build their case against Simmons. Simmons will be at least 98 years old before he is finished serving both sentences.

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