November 24, 2014
A man accused in the sexual assault of five women now faces up to 140 years in prison after taking a last minute plea deal.
Anthony Vaughn had been charged with five counts of first degree sexual assault; the cases date back as far as 1999. Monday, Vaughn pleaded no contest to two counts of first degree sexual assault, one count of attempted first degree sexual assault, and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
In exchange for the plea, the Douglas County Attorney's Office dropped the other charges.
Vaughn was arrested following a burglary in 2011. It is procedure for the Probation Office to take a DNA sample, which is put into the system. It took two years, but the Nebraska State Patrol Lab eventually linked Vaughn's DNA to the cold cases of sexual assault.
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