TAMPA - Just one day after his trial began, Joseph Frye was found guilty Wednesday of raping a 75-year-old widow in her home in 2009.
Frye, 49, sat motionless as the verdict was announced. He was convicted on seven charges, including three counts of sexual battery.
On Tuesday, the victim entered the room in her wheel chair and was helped to the stand to testify.
She spoke about the awful encounter that she endured Sept. 3, 2009.
That night, she heard a noise while she was in bed and grabbed a gun.
She described the struggle with her attacker.
“He says he is not going to hurt me,” she said.
Then the jury heard the victim's own voice from that night as she called 911 after the attacker left, and she had managed to untie herself.
“ I need help right now. I have been robbed.. I've been robbed and raped,” she said.
That tragic event hadn't been Frye's first run in with rape. He was serving a 40 year sentence for a similar crime, but was released early after serving 19 years.
Less than a month after his release, he raped again three years ago.
Today, he was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences.
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