California man sentenced to serve up to life in prison for rape

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 16:27:24-04

BOISE, Idaho — A California man was sentenced in Boise Tuesday for a rape that happened in 2014. Reginald Burley, 58, was sentenced to serve 30-years fixed and up to life in prison.

Burley was indicted by a grand jury for rape and first-degree kidnapping shortly after the crimes were reported in November 2014. A warrant was issued for Burley's arrest. Ada County Prosecutors found that Burley had been arrested in January 2015 in California.

After he was sentenced in California for kidnapping a victim under the age of 14, Burley was extradited back to Ada County to face local charges. He was found guilty by a jury of raping an adult victim in her own home in Boise.

Burley has an extensive criminal record out of California, including sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and drug offenses.

“You present an extreme danger not only to reoffend but to reoffend in a particularly aggravated and serious way,” said Ada County District Judge Patrick J. Miller during the defendant’s sentencing. “I find the likelihood that you would ever be able to return to the community safely as very low."

Judge Miller ordered imposed life in prison, with 30 years to be served before Burley is eligible for parole. A no contact order with the victim was put in place until 2050.

“I appreciate the victim having the courage to come forward,” said Ada County Prosecutor Jan M. Bennetts. “Thank you to the Boise Police Department for their hard work on a case that took several years to bring to trial.”

More information about resources for sexual assault victims can be found at FACES of Hope Victim Center’s website and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance website.