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Jury convicts Leopoldo Belen of raping girlfriend over last cigarette

Jury convicts Leopoldo Belen of raping girlfriend over last cigarette

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man( Leopoldo Belen) has been convicted of repeatedly raping his then-girlfriend after he became angry that she smoked their last cigarette.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2nAFvcU ) the attorney general’s office says a Superior Court jury convicted 36-year-old Leopoldo Belen, of Woonsocket, of four counts of first-degree sexual assault for the April 2014 attack.

Prosecutors say Leopoldo Belen violently assaulted the then-21-year-old woman, who fled the Woonsocket apartment wearing only a bed sheet. A neighbor called 911.

Belen is accused in a separate case of beating 78-year-old Delor Cabral to death during a home invasion in 2013. Authorities have said that Cabral, a landlord, was trying to defend one of his tenants from being robbed.

Belen has pleaded not guilty to 13 charges. His lawyer didn’t immediately comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

 

 

 

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