Man Sentenced in 1980's Rape Case
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man, convicted in a rape case from over 30 years ago, will spend the rest of his life in jail.
A jury found 62-year old Roger Dale Honeycutt guilty on all counts in the rape of two Charlotte women in 1981. These counts included two counts second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sex offense, and two counts of first-degree burglary.
The Honorable Jesse B. Caldwell, III, Superior Court Judge, presided over the case. Because the offenses occurred in 1981, Honeycutt had to be sentenced under the Fair Sentencing Act, which preceded the current sentencing system in North Carolina that was established by the Structured Sentencing Act.
Judge Caldwell sentenced Honeycutt to 10-20 years for each count of second-degree rape, 10-20 years for each count of second-degree sex offense, and 10-30 years for each count of first-degree burglary.
Honeycutt entered the first victim's home on January 24, 1981. He covered her mouth with his hand and then raped her.
Less than a month later, Honeycutt entered a second victim's home and raped her while her family slept upstairs. The victim was pregnant at the time.
Honeycutt told both women he wouldn't hurt them if they cooperated and did not scream.
Honeycutt was connected to the crimes decades later when the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit found that DNA evidence in the sexual assaults matched Honeycutt’s DNA, which had been entered into a national database.
The Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit assisted in the case.
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