The sentencing of a 53-year-old former truck driver, most recently from Arizona, who was found guilty in October for a second time of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Ottawa, is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.
On Oct. 22, a jury convicted Corey of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Walmart Supercenter cashier on the night of Feb. 19, 2000, as she prepared to leave the employee parking lot on the north side of the building at 2101 S. Princeton St., Ottawa. Corey was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault, one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of attempted rape and one count of making a criminal threat in connection with the incident.
The sexual assault case had gone cold until DNA collected at the crime scene was matched with Corey’s DNA in the national Combined DNA Index System [CODIS] of solved and unsolved cases Nov. 8, 2010, as Corey was about to be released from an Arizona penitentiary on counterfeiting charges. Corey was arrested June 17, 2011, by Ottawa police officers on a Franklin County warrant and transferred to the Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa, where he has remained the past 19 months.
A jury in June convicted Corey on all five counts as well, but Judge Eric W. Godderz declared a mistrial in July when he learned one of the jurors had used a smartphone to look up information about the case during deliberations. A second trial followed in October.
Judge Godderz will preside over Corey’s sentencing. John A. Boyd is Corey’s defense counsel. Stephen A. Hunting, county attorney, and James T. Ward, assistant county attorney, served as prosecutors at both trials.