Robber-rapist will spend 13 years in prison

A man who raped a west Medford woman and robbed a Medford restaurant was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for the Measure 11 crimes.

Circuit Court Judge Patricia Crain excoriated Michael Ray Knight, 34, before sentencing him to 13 years in prison in a plea agreement hammered out in March between Knight's attorney, Don Scales, and Senior Deputy District Attorney Tim Barnack.

"You are dangerous. The rape was horrendous and deliberate," said Crain, characterizing Knight as "a scary individual" who thinks only of himself and is a danger to others.

Knight was convicted on a single charge each of first-degree rape and second-degree robbery, as well as three counts of first-degree burglary and being a felon in possession of a weapon. His crime spree took place in 2006. The plea agreement was reached after prosecutors agreed to drop several lesser charges. Knight will have seven years' post-prison supervision after his release. He also will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Knight was arrested by Medford police in Reno, Nev., in the fall of 2006 on several burglary, robbery and rape charges.

Medford police Lt. Tim George said Knight committed six residential burglaries between July 29 and Sept. 15, 2006. Some of the burglaries occurred when the victims were home, George said.

On Aug. 26, 2006, a woman reported that a masked man broke into her home in the 1300 block of Clearwater Drive and raped her twice. During the rape investigation, she told police that Knight, who lived near her at the time, was seen prowling around her residence.

Police also linked Knight to the Sept. 19, 2006 robbery of Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery, in which he held a female employee at gunpoint after the restaurant closed.

— Sanne Specht

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