Man sentenced in Shadyside rape case |

Man sentenced in Shadyside rape case

A Garfield man was sentenced today to serve seven to 14 years in prison for his part in kidnapping an Indian woman off of a Shadyside street who was later raped.

Robert Hawkins, 44, was convicted in March of kidnapping, unlawful restraint and simple assault for the June 19, 2005 abduction. Hawkins’ stepfather, Calvin Henderson, 58, previously was sentenced to 36 to 90 years in prison after he was convicted of raping and kidnapping the woman. Prosecutors linked Henderson’s DNA to the crime.

The woman told police she was walking on a sidewalk near UPMC Shadyside at 7:30 p.m., when she was forced at knifepoint into a van and raped, according to court documents.

Hawkins was convicted of the same charges a second time in March after winning a new trial based on evidence that emerged after his first conviction.

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