Jane Doe always enjoyed riding her bike.
The 27-year-old, whose identity we’ve protected, was working hard managing a local restaurant. She didn’t have a car, but she didn’t mind the commute to and from home on her bike.
But one day in June of 2011, everything changed. A long night at work turned into a night of terror.
After closing up the restaurant in the early morning hours, Jane got on her bike and pedaled to Shaw neighborhood.
That’s when a man approached her from behind, pushed her off the bike and knocked her to the ground. He dragged her into a parking lot, took her money and demanded sex. She refused and Rodgers hit her. Then, he raped her.
She went to the hospital where a rape kit was performed.
Two years later, the DNA recovered from the rape kit matched a man named Orelius Rodgers. He and the victim had never met before.
Rodgers is a prior and persistent offender, having previously been sentenced to 30 years for a 1985 robbery. He was released from prison in 2007.
On August 20, 2014, Rodgers pleaded guilty to all charges in the attack against Jane.
In a statement to the court, Jane said that night changed how she lives her life. She now is afraid to go out at night.
Because of the serious nature of the crimes and the defendant’s criminal history, Assistant Circuit Attorney Neil Miller recommended that Rodgers spend life plus 20 years in prison.
Monday, a judge sentenced Rodgers to 15 years in prison on each charge of rape and sodomy to run concurrently to each other. The judge sentenced Rodgers to an additional five years for robbery and kidnapping charges, making for a total of 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.