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Convicted Rapist Sentenced After 34 Years On The Run

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV
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DEDHAM (CBS) — Gary Alan Irving will serve two consecutive sentences of 18-20 years, totaling 36 to 40 years in prison.

That 52-year-old’s  sentence was handed down Thursday by a Superior Court judge in Dedham.

In 1978, Irving was a teenager, living on the South Shore. In July of that year, he went on a rampage, raping three teenage girls at knife-point.

He was convicted, but fled the state just hours before he was supposed to report to prison.

After 34 years, the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Squad found him, living in Gorham, Maine.

Before his sentencing Thursday, prosecutor Michelle Armour said, “this sentence reflects the heinous and depraved character of the defendant.”

And the sister of one of the victims said the sentence was appropriate, adding that none of the victims ever married or had children.

“What he took from them they can never get back, so it’s good he’ll spend a long time behind bars,” the woman said.

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