Man sentenced in 2011 rape

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WALLA WALLA — A man who pleaded guilty to a charge of rape in October was sentenced Monday to time already served.

Donald R. Lackey Jr., 45, had previously served 259 days in the County Jail while awaiting the outcome of his case. He was sentenced Monday to nine months, but with credit for time served plus good time, he is not expected to spend additional time behind bars.

In addition, Lackey will serve 12 months of years of community custody, a form of probation, and will have to register as a sex offender. He was also ordered him to pay $2,590.90 in court costs plus restitution to his victim, with that amount to be determined.

Lackey pleaded guilty in October to a single count of third-degree rape. He didn’t admit committing the crime, but agreed prosecutors had evidence that likely could have convicted him if the case had gone to trial.

He was originally charged with second-degree rape in connection with the assault of a female acquaintance at a local residence last year. Officials said Lackey pulled the back of the woman’s hair, dragged her into a bedroom and raped her on the morning of Aug. 24, 2011.

The victim was later taken to Walla Walla General Hospital, where medical personnel saw evidence of sexual assault, according to a police report filed in the court.

At Monday’s sentencing, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Mulhern said “I do feel this is a fair resolution to this case.”

Although the victim would have been willing to testify at a trial, it would have been very difficult for her and the plea agreement will spare her further stress, Mulhern said.

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