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Serial rapist was prescribed Viagra

  |   June 28, 2006 at 5:14 PM
NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- A New York man convicted of multiple rapes was given a 50-year prison sentence as the court found out he was given taxpayer-provided Viagra.

Leroy Johnson was sentenced to the maximum number of years in prison Tuesday by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Renee White for the 1996 rape of two roommates in Greenwich Village.

Johnson's attorney, Bryan Konoski, argued his client had mental problems, said Johnson's parents both had drug problems and pointed out that Johnson was prescribed five psychotropic drugs, as well as Viagra, last year, the New York Daily News reports. Because Johnson was on Medicaid, all the prescriptions was paid for with tax dollars, the Daily News said.

White said the rapes, along with a history of violent crimes, including other rapes, shows Johnson shouldn't be in public. She also condemned the fact taxpayers paid for Viagra for Johnson.

Johnson was arrested for the 1996 rapes after DNA evidence tied him to the crime.

Johnson was released from prison in 1989 after the 1982 rape of two people, including "Top Gun" actress Kelly McGillis.

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