Springfield Man Sentenced 20 Years for Downtown Rapes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- A Springfield man is sentenced to 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for numerous rape charges.

Marvin R. Castellanos-Rivera, 26-years-old of Springfield, plead guilty to attempted rape in the first degree, forcible rape, and two counts of assault in the third degree.

The most recent case happened August 2, 2015 in downtown Springfield. The victim reported that Marvin, a stranger to her, came up behind her, grabbed her, and dragged her into an alley. He then held a knife to her throat and attempted to pull down her pants. The victim saw a bystander, who has been identified as Trevor Logan, walking down the street. Mr. Logan intervened and stopped the assault. Officer Aaron Cottengim of SPD quickly apprehended the defendant and arrested Marvin. Officer Cottengim was able to collected a sample of Marvin’s DNA once they got to the jail.

The DNA was submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime lab for analysis. The analysis revealed that the DNA was a match for suspect DNA in a cold-case rape that occurred in 2011. In that case, the victim was downtown when the Marvin approached her and tried to talk to her. The victim tried to ignore him and he proceeded to hit her on the back of the head.

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