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Man Loses Court Appeal to Overturn Attempted Murder Conviction

by on May 10, 2014 1:45 PM

A man imprisoned for the attempted murder and rape of a State College woman loses a new effort to overturn his conviction.

In July of 2007, Michael Kuhn broke into the woman's apartment. Prosecutors say Kuhn tied up the victim, raped her repeatedly and hit her in the head with what was believed to be a steel bar,. He fled, leaving the woman for dead.

Still alive, the woman managed to free herself and call for help.

In 2009 A jury convicted Kuhn on multiple charges including attempted murder, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, burglary, aggravated assault and criminal trespass.

A judge sentenced him to 48 to 96 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Kuhn has filed several appeals claiming he received ineffective legal counsel. The latest appeal was recently denied the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

A news release from the Centre County District Attorney's office says prosecutors are pleased the courts have again upheld the conviction of a "dangerous predator."

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