Arizona Man Sentenced 50 Years for Assault and Rape

An Arizona man received a 50-year prison sentence today for cutting the throat of a teenager during a savage sexual assault.

Quinton Stratton, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery with intent to kill and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The defendant must serve 80 percent of Circuit Judge Derham Cole’s prison sentence before he is eligible for release. He will also have his name added to the Sex Offender Registry.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stabbing call on Feb. 27, 2010 and found the 18-year-old partially clothed victim inside a Monks Grove Road home with a large laceration to the right side of her neck, a stab wound to the left side of the neck and a stab wound to the left chest. The victim identified Stratton as her attacker before she was rushed to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for emergency surgery. One of the neck wounds was so deep it cut the victim’s esophagus.

Two people inside the home told deputies Stratton beat on their bedroom door and told them he thought he had killed the victim and he needed help disposing the body. One of the witnesses took the knife from the defendant before he fled. Deputies apprehended Stratton on Asheville Highway a short time later.

The day after her surgery, the victim reported the sexual assault. She told deputies she had fallen asleep on a couch and awoke to find Stratton on top of her. Stratton told deputies he sexually assaulted her because she disrespected one of his friends.

“Justice was served today,” Assistant Solicitor Susan Reese said. “The victim currently lives out of the state and I was pleased to share the good news with her in a telephone call.”

Stratton has been incarcerated since his arrest in 2010. He didn’t have a prior criminal record.

Quinton Stratton

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