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Florida man sentenced to 50 years for raping neighbor, offering yard work to make up for it

Booking photo for Timothy Walding courtesy of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year-old convicted of raping his neighbor and then offering to do work around her house to make it up to her is being sent to prison for 50 years.

Jurors in West Palm Beach found Timothy Walding guilty of sexual battery, false imprisonment and armed burglary in October. On Monday a judge sentenced him to a mandatory minimum sentence of 50 years.

Prosecutors say Walding, who was 18 at the time, was wearing a mask when broke into his 35-year-old neighbor’s house in October 2017 and raped her for 90 minutes. She said she was tied up and threatened with a knife.

After it was over, he let her get dressed, and he removed his mask to confirm his identity. The woman said he told her that he picked the lock on her front door with a fishhook. “You really should deadbolt your door because I didn’t really want to do this, but I had to do it,” he told her.

The SunSentinel reports he offered to do landscaping or fix something around the house, which she declined. Prosecutors say he asked her not to tell anyone what happened, and they shook hands. When he left she called 911.

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