Man who kidnapped, raped teen gets life in prison

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Bruce McCray appears in court.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A sexual predator was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the 2009 kidnapping and sexual attack on an 18-year-old girl.

Bruce McCray, 27, was convicted last year on charges of kidnapping with a weapon, armed sexual battery, sexual battery on a victim 12 years or older, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

In October 2009, McCray's victim was walking along West 26th Street when McCray pulled up in a car, kidnapped her at gunpoint, drove her to a vacant home and raped her. McCray then took off and left the victim in the vacant home.

At the time of trial, however, the victim could not be located and the state proceeded with medical testimony regarding injuries, DNA evidence and similar fact testimony from two additional victims.

"In addition to the two victims who were courageous enough to come forward and testify, the JSO Sex Crimes Unit should be commended for its tireless efforts in linking the defendant to multiple sexual assaults that occurred in the fall of 2009," said Assistant State Attorney Terence Martin.

McCray was previously charged in five other sex crimes involving other victims who were not cooperative and/or could not be located. He pleaded guilty to lesser included offenses in those cases and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, to run concurrently to the life sentence.

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