Dubuque man to spend life in prison for kidnapping
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The judge sentenced Robinson to life in prison without the possibility of parole
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
A convicted kidnapper in Dubuque will not get a new trial, a district judge ruled Tuesday.
In April, a jury found Scott Robinson guilty of sexually-motivated first degree kidnapping in an October incident, where he held a woman against her will in his apartment for part of one night and sexually assaulted her.
Last week, on the morning of Robinson's sentencing, his attorney Steve Drahozal presented new evidence: an affidavit from a man, who claimed the victim told him she'd made up her story. Robinson motioned for a new trial in light of this evidence.
At Tuesday's hearing for that motion, the court heard from the man who made that claim, Michael Harris.
He said sometime late last fall, he met the victim outside a bar, and she told him she'd made up the story because she was on probation and high at the time of the incident and feared she'd get in trouble.
State prosecutor Chris Corken called several witnesses to testify, who weakened that claim.
The court heard testimony that Robinson had offered some people bribes in exchange for testifying against the victim. Witnesses also alleged they knew Robinson had been concocting plans that included breaking out of jail, holding a female correctional officer hostage and potentially trying to harm the victim and even Corken.
Before sentencing, Robinson gave a statement, in which he maintained his innocence, accused the victim of criminal behavior and claimed he was given an unfair trial.
Judge Michael Shubatt ultimately denied the motion for a new trial and sentenced Robinson to life in state penitentiary without the possibility of parole.
"This was a despicable act that was charged and tried in front of this court, and despite your statements today, Mr. Robinson, I do believe that you received a fair trial," Shubatt said.
Drahozal said he and Robinson will appeal the judge's decision. They have 30 days to do so.
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