Serial rapist Anthony Vaughn learned Wednesday that he will likely never get out of prison. One of his victims told WOWT 6 News, “it’s where he belongs.”
In court Wednesday, Vaughn told the judge he was sorry for what happened but after he received his sentence, faced with the prospect of dying in prison, there were no signs of remorse. Vaughn left the courtroom and peppered the hallway with profanity as he was led away.
Five sexual assault cases linked his DNA, one going back to 1999. Advances in science plus new evidence helped tie him to the crimes.
Vaughn had frustrated investigators for years. He won one sexual assault case in court. Another never went to trial because a witness bailed. This time, DNA spoke up and Anthony Vaughn was sentenced to 110 to 140 years in prison. With good time, he will be behind bars for at least 50 years.
Kadi is one of his victims. She was in court for the sentencing and discovered that Vaughn won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 97-years-old. Kadi is the one who told us, “it’s where he belongs,” and she also said, "It's been a long time. I've moved on with my life and I'm going to continue to move on with my life."
Prosecutors wanted to make sure Vaughn couldn't hurt anyone again.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, “He victimized women over a long period of time."
While the rape cases date back to 1999, a major break in the case came three years ago when Vaughn got off a bus at a stop near 90th and Dodge and broke into a woman's home while she was showering.
Julie was the woman in the shower and she never suspected a thing. She told us, "A woman driving by saw a man who looked suspicious so she stopped and called police and said, 'I think there's a suspicious man entering this house.’
"When I got out of the shower, I heard police surrounding my house. They asked me if I was missing a jar of coins and I said, ‘I don't think so.' They said, 'Is this your jar of coins?' and I said, 'yes.' It was just outside my shower room.”
Investigators were able to match DNA found from the jar to the rape cases in the database. That pointed to Anthony Vaughn.
Three years later Julie still has the jar filled with the same amount of coins - $5 worth. It's a reminder of how fortunate she was compared to the other victims.
Julie has never found the woman who called police but believes she was a gift.
“I thought, ‘Wow, your angels have been busy today lord. Thank you.’”
According to the courts Anthony Vaughn terrorized five women. The county attorney said hats off to those who fought for this case for so long - from the women who came forward to the medical staff who collected evidence to the detectives and investigators who found a connection in the DNA database.