Man gets 178 years in Colorado Springs rapes
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” A man convicted in the rape of three military men and a boy has been sentenced to 178 years to life in prison.
Oliver Newell, 30, was convicted in November of 12 felonies, including kidnapping and sexual assault, in the rapes of two Air Force Academy cadets, a Fort Carson soldier and a 14-year-old boy. The assaults happened in July, September and December of 2006.
“I don’t know where all this started, or how it came about,” said 4th Judicial District Judge J. Patrick Kelly in sentencing Newell Friday. “But hearing the evidence and observing the victims it was, quite frankly, despicable. … The effects on these victims won’t go away anytime soon.”
One of the victims attempted suicide and is now in a wheelchair.
Prosecutors said the two cadets were picked up a a downtown bar in July 2006 and were either drugged or too drunk when Newell took them to his house. One man testified that he woke up while Newell was performing oral sex on him, while another victim told jurors Newell attempted to sodomize him.
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The boy testified he thought he was meeting a woman from an online chat room but instead was picked up by Newell, who later raped him at gunpoint.
A 26-year-old Fort Carson soldier also made contact with Newell through an online chat room, went to Newell’s home Christmas Eve 2006 where he was sexually assaulted after he drank too much alcohol.
Newell originally is from Jamaica.
“This man came to the United States looking for opportunity and instead he preyed on these men and this boy,” said Colorado Springs police detective Adam Romine. “Many lives were ruined because of this man’s actions … Two men who proudly serve their country were so disgusted and shamed by this, they didn’t want to be here today.”