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Serial rapist sentenced to decades in prison over Minneapolis attacks

Jory Wiebrand pleaded guilty to his charges in January.
Jory Wiebrand

A Minnesota man who raped multiple women at random learned his fate in a Hennepin County court on Friday. 

Jory Wiebrand, a 35-year-old Ham Lake resident, was sentenced to 550 months — or nearly 46 years — in prison, about two months after he pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal sexual conduct.

The sentence is the result of a negotiated plea deal between Wiebrand and prosecutors. He was originally charged in more than a dozen cases dating from 2015-2020.

Arrested last April, Wiebrand was connected to an alarming number of crimes in which he targeted and attacked numerous young women in the Dinkytown and Marcy-Holmes areas of Minneapolis.

According to court documents, in one of the attacks, Wiebrand broke into a woman's home, pepper-sprayed and sexually assaulted her, then told the victim, "I'm your worst nightmare."

That particular case is one of the five he was sentenced for Friday. One of the other five victims was cleaning snow off her car when Wiebrand struck; another was in her yard after having just got home from a trip to a convenience store. 

At the sentencing, four of the victims delivered impact statements to the court. Their statements "outlined the emotional and physical trauma they experienced during and after their violent sexual assaults, the daily challenges they face resulting from such horrific crimes, and how they are coping presently," a news release says. 

Wiebrand gave a brief response, saying he was “sorry for his actions.”

Under the terms of the plea deal, must register as a predatory sexual offender, be on conditional release for the remainder of his life, and pay restitution to the survivors of the sexual assault, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says. 

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