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City man gets 50 years after DNA thaws cold case

August 7, 2012

PROVIDENCE – A Woonsocket man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Tuesday for a 2007 rape that had police stumped until his DNA was collected over three years later, after he committed an unrelated crime.
Jason Nickerson, 31, was sentenced to 60 years in all, with 50 to serve on each of four counts of first-degree sexual assault and the balance suspended, the attorney general’s office said.
Judge Judith Savage also ordered Nickerson to serve an overlapping sentence of 20 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. He must also undergo sex offender, substance abuse and anger management counseling, and register as a sex offender upon completion of his prison term.
After a 10-day trial earlier this year, a Superior Court jury convicted Nickerson of forcibly raping a 16-year-old girl in Providence on July 1, 2007 after she accepted a ride from him.
The girl was walking home from a friend’s house at 12:30 a.m. when Nickerson drove up alongside her and offered her a ride.

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