Man who raped former lover sentenced to 15 years in prison

Victim says she didn't think she would leave his house alive

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A 34-year-old Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 15 years in prison for assaulting and raping an ex-lover in February after she refused to leave her husband for him.

Tony M. King pleaded guilty June 3 to first-degree assault, third-degree rape and felony harassment.

Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier also ordered King to have no contact with the victim for life.

The 31-year-old victim was held against her will at King's Vancouver home for several hours, bound with duct tape and gagged. When she broke free from the bindings, he squirted hydrochloric acid in her eye to prevent her from leaving. She escaped after he agreed to take her to the uptown Vancouver Walgreens, 2521 Main St., to purchase first-aid items for her injured eye, and she asked several strangers to help her.

In a written statement read aloud in court, the victim said that during the assault, she didn't think she would leave his house alive.

"I am glad just to be alive today to see family and friends because that night, I didn't think I would see them again," she said.