Jury Trial Starts for Inmate Henry Ricky Anfinson, Accused of Rape
SIOUX FALLS - A jury trial is underway for a work-release inmate accused of raping the girlfriend of a former cellmate.
The Argus Leader reports that 29-year-old Henry Ricky Anfinson was indicted last May on one count of rape by force and one count of first-degree burglary. If convicted as a repeat offender, he could spend life in prison.
Prosecutors say Anfinson made an unannounced visit to the 31-year-old woman's home on May 7 and then raped her in the bathroom as her children sat in the living room.
But defense lawyers say the sex was consensual and that the woman invited Anfinson to come to her house between visits to potential job sites. They also say that Anfinson helped the woman shoot methamphetamine.
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