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Convicted Rapist Who Fled Sentenced to 36 Years
05/23/2013 03:36 PM ET  

Gary Alan Irving, who was caught in Maine in March, was a teenager when he was conviced of raping three women in Massachusetts.

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) _ A man convicted of raping three women in Massachusetts has been sentenced to 36 to 40 years in prison more than three decades after he fled the state and began living a secret life in Maine.

Gary Alan Irving was sentenced Thursday in Norfolk Superior Court. He could have faced a possible life sentence.

His attorney says Irving will be eligible for parole in 24 years.

Irving was a teenager when he was convicted of raping three women. When authorities finally caught up with him in Maine in March, he was a 52-year-old man with a wife and two grown children.

Irving, who lived in Rockland, fled Massachusetts in 1979 after a judge allowed him to return home to make final arrangements before sentencing. He was on Massachusetts' Top 10 Most Wanted list for decades.



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