Monday, April 25, 2011

Burglar who beat, raped victim sentenced to 165 years to life

A home invasion which turned into a beating and rape has netten a Kansas City, MO man 165 years to life in the Missouri correctional system. Taurian J. Burton, 24, was convicted by a Clay County jury in January of single counts of forcible rape and 1st degree robbery, 2 counts of 1st degree assault, and 3 counts of armed criminal action for the incident at a Northland, MO residence on July 24, 2009.

According to court records, two gunmen wearing masks forced their way through a door just after midnight. They demanded cash and drugs before binding and beating the two victims. The intruders raped the woman. The man suffered a skull fracture, a broken finger and other injuries.
The gunmen stole a television, two laptop computers, jewelry and other items.
Burton was convicted in 2005 for burglary in Jackson County. He served several years but was released in 2008, said Corey Carter, an assistant Clay County prosecutor.

Burton is one of two men charged in the attack. A second man, Anthony L. Taborn, also of kansas City, is scheduled to go on trial in July as well. The presiding judge in Burton's trial was Circuit Judge Shane T. Alexander 

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