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Framingham man sentenced for rape, armed robbery in Craigslist case

Posted by Lisa Kocian  October 11, 2011 04:30 PM

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By Lisa Kocian, Globe Staff

A Framingham man was sentenced today to nine to 12 years in state prison for aggravated rape and armed robbery in a case in which he found his victims on Craigslist.

Reinaldo Prado, 30, was found guilty by a Middlesex Superior Court jury last month of one count of aggravated rape, three counts of armed robbery, and three counts of witness intimidation, according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Prado’s victims were prostitutes who posted their services on Craigslist, according to investigators. The crimes were committed on January 24 and 25, 2009, in hotels in Burlington and Tewksbury, according to the press release. He was arrested January 30.

The crimes occurred a few months before the arrest of Philip Markoff on April 14, 2009. Markoff, a Boston University medical student who became known as the “Craigslist killer,” was accused by police of murdering Julissa Brisman, who he met in a Boston hotel through an online posting on Craigslist, advertising erotic massages.

Prosecutors dropped the murder charges against Markoff after he committed suicide last year in the jail where he was awaiting trial.

Craigslist made changes to its website after the case gained national attention.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman also sentenced Prado to 20 years probation on the intimidation of a witness counts, which will run concurrently with his prison sentence. Prado was ordered not to have direct or indirect contact with any of the victims.

Prado was found not guilty of two other counts of aggravated rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery, according to the release.

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