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Serial rapist given 20 to 40 years in prison for 1989 rape

| Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

An Allegheny County judge stacked 20 to 40 years in prison onto a serial rapist's life sentence for raping a woman in Friendship more than two decades ago.

Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel ordered Michael Lipinski, 43, formerly of Penn Hills, to serve his sentence consecutive to the 90 to 180 years he's serving for raping three girls — one of whom was a 3-year-old — in the 1990s and 2000s.

A jury on Wednesday found Lipinski guilty on charges of rape, burglary and robbery for the March 17, 1989, attack at an apartment on Roup Street.

Lipinski's defense attorney, Richard Narvin, did not return a call.

Police charged Lipinski in November once investigators matched his DNA to evidence taken a day after the attack. The case languished for decades because DNA testing was not available at the time of the crime.

“The ability to match this defendant to a past crime through technology is a credit to the diligence of law enforcement, both in processing the original crime scene and in making sure this case remained a priority,” said Mike Manko, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office. “For the victim, although nothing can erase what happened, we would hope there is some small measure of satisfaction that justice has been achieved and that this individual can never prey on anyone again.”

The victim, who is now 58, told the jury on Tuesday that she fell asleep in her apartment and awoke to find a man standing beside her bed. She began to scream but stopped when he told her he had a knife and would kill her.

He tied her hands, put duct tape over her eyes, cut her nightgown and raped her. She said he rummaged through dresser drawers looking for jewelry.

Lipinski is serving 90 to 180 years in prison for raping three girls, ages 17, 3 and 9, in 1998, 2002 and 2005, respectively.

The Tribune-Review does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or abrandolph@tribweb.com.

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