By Ken de la Bastide
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
When Amelia Rudolf was attacked by a teenager in her home in 2013, the sexual assault changed her life forever, a judge acknowledged Monday in sentencing the teen to 50 years in prison.
Madison Circuit Court Division 3 Judge Thomas Newman Jr. said during the sentencing of Iquise Taylor, 17, that the assault ended the 93-year-old Rudolf’s dream of continuing to live in the Anderson home built by her husband.
“The age of the victim is an aggravating circumstance,” Newman said. “It affected her lifestyle.”
Taylor was handed a 50-year sentence on charges of burglary, criminal deviant conduct, criminal confinement and strangulation. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Taylor entered pleas of guilty but mentally ill last month.
“We’re pleased he got the maximum,” Rudolf’s daughter, Tresa Hale, said following the sentencing hearing.
Another family member said they’re ready to get on with their lives following the attack on July 16, 2013. The Herald Bulletin doesn’t typically release the names of victims, but Rudolf agreed to be identified and spoke publicly at a press conference in August.
Rudolph said she lived in the house her husband built almost 60 years ago and was living there alone after he died in 1986. Rudolph said she does not reside there anymore because of the incident.
“He deserves the sentence,” she said.
Defense attorney Bryan Williams asked Newman to sentence Taylor to a juvenile facility and review the placement when he turned 19. Williams said the case is a tragedy for both families and asked Newman to note several doctors' reports about Taylor.
Williams said Taylor is low-functioning. Mitigating circumstances included Taylor's age, that he pleaded guilty to the charges, and that by accepting responsibility Taylor eliminated the need for Rudolf to testify during a jury trial, Williams said.
Deputy Prosecutor Steve Koester said there was no indication of how secure a juvenile facility would be and questioned if Taylor should be incarcerated with younger children.
“There are low-functioning people in the world, but they don’t go around raping a 93-year-old woman,” he said.
He said Taylor will be 18 in a month.
In processing the sentence, Judge Newman said Taylor has a prior criminal history and went through rehabilitation but still broke the law. Newman said the Indiana Department of Correction will have to take special care of Taylor because he entered pleas of guilty but mentally ill.
On July 16, Taylor kicked in the locked door to Rudolf’s home in the 3600 block of Hamilton Place. He then confined her to a bed and raped her, according to previous court and police records.
Last October, Newman ruled that Taylor was mentally incompetent to stand trial. At the time, Newman said it was his responsibility as a judge to act as a gatekeeper to ensure a fair trial, and it would be in the best interest of justice to rule Taylor incompetent.
Taylor was sent to Logansport State Hospital, a psychiatric facility, for nearly three months. In December, officials in Logansport deemed Taylor was competent to stand trial and he was returned to the Madison County Jail.
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