February 6, 2016

Omaha man convicted in decade-old sexual assault in Iowa

A Nebraska man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for a 10-year-old sexual assault case in Iowa.

Fifty-one-year-old Mark Sands, a registered sex offender from Omaha, was arrested last year after police said a federal DNA database identified him as the man who raped a woman from Council Bluffs in October 2001.

Sands was charged with first and second degree kidnapping, burglary, sexual abuse and three assault charges.

Authorities said he broke into a Council Bluffs home and raped and beat a woman and tied up her 16-year-old disabled daughter.

Sands pleaded guilty to third-degree kidnapping and third-degree sexual assault before his trial was set to begin Tuesday.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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