Serial Rapist Gets 178 Year Sentence

(Memphis) Anthony Alliano pleaded guilty to numerous counts of rape, robbery and burglary Monday.

For those crimes. Alliano was sentenced to 178 years behind bars.

As we’ve reported previously, the rapes ranged from 2003-2010, mainly in the Cordova area.

Alliano plead guilty to one count of rape of child, five counts of criminal attempted aggravated rape, five counts of sexual battery, seven counts of aggravated rape, three counts of aggravated robbery and five counts of aggravated burglary.

There are at least seven victims, several of whom testified during the sentencing.

Alliano was arrested last May.

Rachel Johnson shared her story with us last September.

“I felt the weight of a person on my back,” she said. “I turned around and I just saw a black mask.”

Alliano held her at knife point, tied her hands behind her back, blindfolded her and forced her up the stairs. He took her to a bedroom closet where he raped her twice.

“He ended up leaving a lot of DNA. So once that happened I said I know he is going to kill me because somebody doesn’t leave DNA ,” she said.

Despite enduring an agonizing physical attack, Rachel stayed strong.

“You could either die trying to fight or you can try to deal with what you have to deal with and try to outsmart him,” she said.

She tried befriending her rapist.

“He said since you have been so good, I’m not going to kill you,” she said.

But the rape wasn’t the only crime committed that day.  Her alleged rapist also stole her credit card.

Police say surveillance pictures captured him using it at a nearby store.

Police say the man was later identified as Anthony Alliano, now known as the Cordova serial rapist.

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