A one-time drifter was sentenced to three life terms in prison for raping a 13-year-old relative in her Dorchester home two years ago.
Prosecutors went through a series of hearings Wednesday to mandate the toughest sentence for Milton Rodgers, 44, who has been convicted of raping another child in 1988 and for manslaughter in Alabama.
“Those efforts have paid off and a predator is behind bars for life,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. Rodgers could be up for parole in 15 years, but even if parole is granted he would then have to serve a separate 10-year sentence for assault and battery on a child. Conley would also oppose any parole request, said spokesman Jake Wark.
In the trial, held last year, prosecutors showed that Rodgers had raped the young girl three times over a several hours in her home. The only other person in the residence was the victim’s hearing impaired grandmother.
At Thursday’s sentencing hearing, prosecutors reach a statement from the victim that read,” This whole process has hurt me mentally and physically. Everything in my life went upside down … I hated getting compliments on how I looked. I have had multiple breakdowns in school. I was hiding my emotions until I couldn’t hide them anymore.”
Her mother also said in a statement that, “Milton Rodgers has left (the victim) with her worst moment in her life, her worst nightmares at night, wounds a forever could not heal, and a broken heart no mother can fix.”
On the beat
Columnist Shirley Leung says Boston mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh should focus on middle-class housing. Read more