Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rapist Could Get 52 Years.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Two Women Attacked In Home for Seniors

An alleged "pattern rapist" suspected of targeting elderly women at an Albuquerque retirement home and beating them before sexually attacking them is now likely headed for a lengthy prison term.

Richard Lee Vespender, 25, pleaded no contest Wednesday to slipping into the rooms of an 85-year-old woman and an 83-year-old woman and raping them at separate times last fall and this summer. He is to be sentenced Dec. 15 and faces a maximum prison sentence of 52 years.

Albuquerque Police Department sex crimes Detective Monte Curtis, who worked on the case, said Vespender also is a possible suspect in a pair of rapes involving young women that took place in Arizona in the early 1990s. …

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