The man convicted of kidnapping, robbing and raping a Big Bend Community College student in 2011 will spend the next 28 years to life in prison.
Court officials say 34-year old Jerald Thomas was sentenced in Grant County Superior Court Thursday.
Thomas plead guilty to first-degree rape, first degree kidnapping and first degree robbery in September.
Thomas was accused of forcing a 19-year old woman into her car at knife-point in a campus parking lot at Big Bend Community College last July.
Authorities say he tried to steal money with her ATM card before driving her to the sand dunes near Moses Lake where he raped her.