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Man receives more than nine years for rape conviction

SEATTLE - An Issaquah man convicted of raping a North Bend woman in February was sentenced to nine years and five months in prison on Friday, Aug. 23.

Miguel Angel Heredia-Juarez, 24, was found guilty of first-degree rape for an incident that took place Feb. 15 in North Bend.

King County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Dan Donahoe said the sentence was what the Prosecutor's Office had recommended. Heredia-Juarez received credit for 189 days already spent in prison. Donahoe said that Heredia-Juarez was also prohibited from ever contacting the victim again.

The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was attacked by Heredia-Juarez as she walked from the Factory Stores at North Bend to the downtown area on Bendigo Boulevard. Heredia-Juarez reportedly forced the woman underneath a nearby bridge, where he assaulted her. He told the woman he was with the Mexican mafia and threatened to harm her family if she told anyone about the assault.

Heredia-Juarez let the woman go, and she later contacted police. Based off the woman's description, King County Sheriff's Office deputies were able to locate Heredia-Juarez about 15 minutes after she contacted authorities.

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