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Convicted rapist is sentenced

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Convicted rapist is sentenced. Even after he serves his time, there's no guarantee he'll get out of prison. 

Cody Joseph Kloepper, 33, will spend the next 24 1/2 years in prison. What's unusual about this case is that at the end of his 24 years a review board will decide if he goes free or stays in prison, even for life. He was sentenced for first degree rape, second degree assault and first degree burglary.

Kloepper was a maintenance worker at an apartment complex. He had access to keys, broke into the victims apartment at night while she was sleeping, beat and raped her.

The Judge followed the prosecutions suggestion for punishment of more than 24 years to life in prison.

Prosecutor Terry Bloor says justice was served in this case. He says "we, the participants in the trial feel some sense of closure. However, the victim on this will never truly be done with it."

The victim did not appear in court for Kloepper's sentencing on Friday.

Instead she gave a note to the Judge saying she hoped nothing like this would happen to someone else. Especially someone close to her size, because it would be hard to defend themselves against an intruder. The victim is about 5 feet tall and 100 pounds. 

Kloepper plans to appeal his conviction on all three counts against him.