WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year-old convicted of raping his neighbor and then offering to do work around her house to make it up to her is being sent to prison for 50 years.
Jurors in West Palm Beach found Timothy Walding guilty of sexual battery, false imprisonment and armed burglary in October. On Monday a judge sentenced him to a mandatory minimum sentence of 50 years.
Walding was 18 at the time of the crimes.
Prosecutors say Walding broke into his 35-year-old neighbor’s house in Oct. 2017, and sexually assaulted her for 90 minutes. She said she was tied up and threatened with a knife.
The SunSentinel reports he offered to do landscaping or fix something around the house, which she declined.
According to the SunSentinal, the woman said Walding told her that he picked the lock on her front door with a fish hook and remarked, “you really should deadbolt your door because I didn’t really want to do this but I had to do it.”
She asked him why he did this, and he replied, “Obviously it wasn’t a spontaneous thing and I had this plan,” according to court records.
Prosecutors say he asked her not to tell what happened and they shook hands. When he left she called 911.