AKRON -- Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said Judge Tom Teodosio sentenced James Winchester, 26, of Akron, to 18 years in prison for raping an Akron teenager.
Teodosio also found Winchester to be labelled Tier III sex offender.
In the early hours of July 17, 2011, Winchester and another man drove up to a female teenager and offered her a ride as she walked to her grandmother's house.
She declined and continued walking. Winchester stopped the SUV he was driving, got out of the car, grabbed the girl's wrist and shoved her into the car.
After dropping off his friend, Winchester took the girl to a nearby abandoned house, where he raped her in the front seat of the SUV. Then Winchester pushed the teenager out of the SUV on Copley Road and drove away.
The teenager walked to her grandmother's and went to the hospital later that morning.
Winchester was identified months later when the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation matched DNA from the rape kit to DNA in the Combined Index DNA System.
On July 2, 2012, a jury found Winchester guilty of rape and kidnapping both first-degree felonies.