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29-year old rapist will serve 35 years in prison

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A 29-year old Rapid City man who violently raped his girlfriend last November is sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Tobias Walker could have faced life in prison, but instead he was sentenced to 35 years with a 75% chance of parole.

States Attorney Todd Hyronimus said not only did Walker rape his girlfriend but he also punched her, fracturing bones in her face, and told her he was going to kill her.

In court Walker read a letter apologizing for his actions. He said he is sick of the lifestyle he is living, but takes full responsibility. "I should be punished," Walker said.

Walker's mother Bonnie Walker took the stand as a witness. She says she and her husband will continue to help their son in any way they can. "I don't believe he's an evil person like they're trying to make him sound. He just chose the wrong girl, and that was his downfall," said Bonnie Walker.

Hyronimus says that with Walker's multiple prior felony convictions, he won't be eligible for parole for at least 26 years, and having him in jail is the most important thing. "He's going to be away from society, he's going to be away from the victim, he's going to be in a place where he can't hurt other members of society in this community," said Hyronimus.

As part of his conviction Walker will have to go through sex offender treatment.

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