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June 19, 2014

Claim denied in rape case

INDIANAPOLIS — The conviction of a man who raped a woman in 1998 was upheld Wednesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

The case began on May 29, 1998, when Larry Page asked a woman for a cigarette as she walked to a convenience store. He grabbed her and walked her to his apartment.

There, he forced her to have sexual intercourse, according to court documents. He walked her back to the store and she ran to an auto repair shop to seek help.

Page was convicted of rape, criminal and criminal confinement. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Page had been in and out of mental health facilities and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, according to court documents. His IQ was between 60 to 72.

During his trial, he often made outbursts. His trial attorney was told that alleging mental health as a defense had to be done by a certain deadline. His attorney stated that the defense planned to claim that intercourse was consensual.

In his appeal of his sentence, his attorney claimed that Page’s trial court attorney failed to timely file a notice that he would pursue an insanity defense. His sentence was earlier affirmed by appellate court.

Page, now 56, argued in his recent claim that his appellate counsel was ineffective.

However, the appeals court noted Wednesday that both attorneys had reasonable strategies. The appellate court denied Page’s petition for post-conviction relief.

— The Herald Bulletin

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