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Convicted Serial Rapist Says Guilty Plea Was “Procured Via Threats And Coercion”

(Memphis) The man who pleaded guilty to raping seven women in Shelby County now says he was pressured into accepting the plea deal.

In court documents WREG uncovered Wednesday, Anthony Alliano claims his "plea was not voluntary because it was procured via threats and coercion" by his own attorney.

He writes he "felt as if he had no other choice but to accept a plea agreement."

He accepted that agreement almost a year ago while his victims were in the courtroom.

The judge sentenced him to 176 years for the rapes of seven women.

One of his victims, Rachel Johnson, spoke to us the night he was sentenced.

"To have someone sentenced to 178 years is justice sweet justice," she said. "It gave me a lot of peace."

It was Rachel's attack that landed Alliano behind bars.

He stole her credit card after raping her in a closet, and was later identified after surveillance video captured him using her card at Walmart.

He was also connected to several other rapes after rape kits were tested after years of sitting on a shelf.

One of those kits was Meaghan Ybos', who said she believes they're more victims out there.

"This is a serial rapist case that is symbolic of the backlog itself," she said. "It is insulting he's challenging his guilty plea, but the biggest insult is that it took this long for him to be prosecuted."

It will now be up to a judge to determine if his conviction will stand.

Alliano's attorney Blake Ballin said he had not see the petition so he could not comment on it.

He added that it is rare for someone to plead guilty and then file a petition for post conviction relief.

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