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Man who raped 12-year-old girl sentenced to life in prison

A man who kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Leonard Palmer, 24, was sentenced to 224 years-to-life in prison.

On October 25, 2011, Palmer grabbed the girl from a bus stop on the 400 block of east Brookside Street in Colorado Springs. The girl tried to get away,but couldn't. Palmer sexually assaulted her.

Palmer was on the run after escaping from a correctional Facility in Louisiana when the attack happened. He was serving time for burglary, forgery, and a previous escape attempt when he managed to break free.

Palmer was arrested the night of the assault, police said, after he had avoided capture the day before. Palmer was arrested in Louisiana and extradited back to Colorado Springs to face trial.

Palmer was convicted of rape, kidnapping, and child enticement in April according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

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