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LIMA — As a defendant about to be sentenced to prison it’s probably not the best idea to blast a judge.

But then again if you’re Duane Crider, you’ve been convicted of multiple counts of rape, the crime was caught on audio tape and DNA matched you to the crime; it likely didn’t matter.

During his resentencing hearing Tuesday after an appellate court sent the case back for resentencing on a technicality, Crider blasted Judge Jeffrey Reed whom he partially blamed for a jury finding him guilty.

“I guarantee you will pay for it. You and the prosecution,” Crider said.

Whatever payment the 52-year-old Crider has in mind he will have to wait at least 23.5 years in prison. By then, he may forget. After all, he will be approaching 75 years old when he is eligible for release. If still alive he may have forgotten or stopped caring.

Crider told the judge he was not given a fair trial and the judge did not let him look at the evidence.

“You railroaded me,” Crider said.

A jury found otherwise and convicted Crider nearly a year ago on two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, two counts of kidnapping and gross sexual imposition. The charges are for two rapes of the same woman on Sept. 1 and 2, 2012.

One of the crimes was caught on tape when the victim called a non-emergency police line that was recorded. She dropped her phone but the voices easily could be heard including the victim begging Crider to stop.

Crider tried his own case after firing his attorney, giving the jury the chance to repeatedly hear his voice and match it to the man on the tape. He also left his DNA behind with the victim, further linking him to the crime and the witness identified him.

Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser said the sexual assaults were among the worst she’s handled.

“Never in my entire time as being an attorney, my years as a prosecutor … I’ve never heard anything so disturbing. It just sent chills up my spine,” Kohlrieser said.

Under Ohio law, Reed could only sentence Crider to terms on two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition due to merger rules. The case came back on appeal after the 3rd Ohio District Court of Appeals found the judge did not mention everything orally on the record that he placed in the sentencing order.

Crider’s wife and one of his daughters begged the judge to not send Crider back to prison.

“This has been hard on me and my family. I would like you to know my husband was a good provider, a good husband, a good father,” his wife, Rebecca Crider, said. “We want him to come home.”

Crider’s eldest daughter, Desi Crider, said her father was her best friend.

“He is a loving, supporting person that loves everyone,” his daughter said. “He would give the food out of his mouth to help somebody and I’ve seen him do it countless times.”

She told the judge her father meant a lot to her and asked for his release.

“I believe in my heart he is my everything. Without him I am not whole. I am weak,” she said.

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