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Red Lake man sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for rape

John Sayers, 30, of Red Lake, was sentenced to 239 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for aggravated sexual assault for an incident that occurred in 2020.

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RED LAKE — A Red Lake man has been sentenced to 239 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for aggravated sexual assault for an incident that occurred in November 2020.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, on Nov. 7, 2020, John Sayers, 30, of Red Lake, stopped his truck beside a person who was walking on the road.

Sayers offered her a ride and then drove her to a camper located at a property near a hemp shop where Sayers worked, rather than taking her straight to her destination.

When she resisted Sayers’ sexual advances, he hit and strangled her until she passed out. Sayers then raped her, the release said.

After the rape, she left the camper and began walking 20 miles back into town.

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On April 20, 2022, Sayers pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault. As part of his guilty plea, he also admitted to unlawful sexual contact with another person.

Sayers was sentenced on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in U.S. District Court by Judge Eric Tostrud.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Polachek prosecuted the case.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTSRED LAKE
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