Man Sentenced To Life For Jessica's Law Conviction

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Ness City, Kan. (WIBW) - A former Ness City man will spend life in prison after being convicted of rape and Jessica's Law charges in August.

37-year-old Benito Cardenas Jr. was sentenced to life with out the possibility of parole for 25 years on each of the two convictions. The crimes occurred in Ness City in September 2010. Cardenas was living in Dodge City at the time of his arrest in April 2011.

The state has also filed charges against him of aggravated escape from custody and felony theft. The state alleges Cardenas escaped from the Ness County Jail following his conviction in August. He was later apprehended in Trego County.

His next court appearance is scheduled for December 11th.