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Man gets 16 years for rape

A Central Point man who raped a woman twice at knifepoint last year will spend close to 16 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Friday to rape, kidnapping and burglary charges.

Medford police are happy that Jeffrey Edward Kuehner, 19, will be going away for a long time.

"We are glad to be done with Mr. Kuehner that's for sure," Medford police Deputy Chief Tim George said. "And we hope and wish for the best for the victim in this case."

Kuehner raped the 34-year-old woman on two occasions, both times armed with a knife, police said.

He was jailed March 26 for assaulting the woman at knifepoint in her home. He posted bail May 19 and returned to the woman's home just over two weeks later intent on committing the same crime, police said.

The woman managed to flee her home with her two children and call the police after the second attack on June 7. Kuehner held Medford officers at bay by threatening to kill himself with the knife. Eventually, he stabbed himself in the throat and was rushed to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Rachel Bridges reached an agreement with defense officials to ensure Kuehner will spend the next 190 months behind bars.

Kuehner pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

The rape charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 100 months' prison time under Oregon law. Kidnapping carries a mandatory 90-month sentence. The burglary charge will run concurrent with the above sentences, Bridges said.

Kuehner will be 35 years old when released from prison. He will then have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, officials said.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

Man gets 16 years for rape