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In 1979 20 year-old Louis Brooks was sentenced to a Florida state prison for house breaking and burglary. He was released in 1982.

In 1985 Brooks, now 26, was sentenced to 15 years for sexual battery and making a threat with a deadly weapon. He served six years and was released in 1991.

In 1992 he broke into the home of a 68 year-old woman and raped her. Once again he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Once again, he only served six years. He was released this year after his sentence was shortened for "good behavior."

A few days ago, four months after being released from prison for the 3rd time, Louis Brooks broke into the house of the same woman he had raped
in 1992 and raped her again. The 75-year-old woman woke up in the middle of the night to find Brooks standing over her bed, brandishing a butcher knife. He threatened to kill her for putting him in prison. Then he raped her on the floor of her dining room. The elderly woman was injured in the attack and lay on the dining room floor for 20 minutes before going to a neighbor's house to seek help.

They say that many women don't report rapes. Is that any surprise, when the rapists are free to return and attack again?

Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Frances Marine: "No one can really say if any of this could have been prevented." Really? A man who has served 3 sentences and been convicted twice of rape - no way of keeping him in prison?

If a 33 year-old man breaks into the home of a 68-year-old woman and rapes her, he should die. Given that sort of justice, we're pretty sure
he wouldn't do it again.

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