Sex offender who fled Canada gets 39 years for Seattle rape

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Michael Stanley appears in King County Superior Court in November 2013. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE (AP) — A violent high-risk sex offender who fled Canada was sentenced to 39 years behind bars Friday for raping a now 70-year-old woman in Seattle.

The Seattle Times reportsa King County judge Friday sentenced Michael Stanley for the 2015 crime, which was strikingly similar to the one he committed in Canada in 1988.

Court records say in each crime, Stanley climbed through a window, clamped his hand over the woman’s mouth, shoved a pillow in her face and raped her.

A King County jury in February convicted Stanley of rape and burglary with sexual motivation in the February 2015 attack.

Stanley was released from jail in Canada in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement. Police were monitoring him but he cut off his electronic-monitoring bracelet in 2013 and was able to cross into the United States.

Canada declined to extradite him after his U.S. arrest.

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