Mo. Man Pleads Guilty on 2nd Day of Rape Trial
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) - A 43-year-old Kansas City man faces up to life in prison after abruptly pleading guilty during his trial for the December 2006 rape of a Platte County woman.
Zachary Townsend represented himself in a bench trial that started Monday in Platte County Circuit Court. He was accused of entering the victim's unlocked apartment and repeatedly raping her in her car and her residence.
Townsend was identified as the attacker through a cold-case DNA match. Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says the match was 1 in 20 quadrillion.
Townsend abruptly told the judge Tuesday he wanted to plead guilty. After being given time to think about his decision, Townsend confirmed that's what he wanted to do.
His sentencing is set for July 29.