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Helena man convicted of kidnapping and raping woman

Helena man convicted of kidnapping and raping woman

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A Helena man was found guilty of raping and kidnapping a woman in August 2018 and could face more than 200 years in the Montana State Prison.

Jor-El Ruben Quiroz was convicted of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated kidnapping, assault with a weapon (knife), meth possession and partner or family member assault.

He was acquitted of assault with a weapon (hammer) and strangulation of a partner. 

In August 2018, Quiroz kidnapped, assaulted and raped a woman who he held against her will in a west Helena home for hours. 

Helena police officers also found a baggie of methamphetamine in the home that belonged to Quiroz. 

County Attorney Leo Gallagher asked members of the jury to look at the violence the victim had suffered at the hands of Quiroz as they weighed his rights as a defendant.

"(The victim) had a right not to be raped and kidnapped," Gallagher said. 

Quiroz will be sentenced in September.

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