Crime

Appeal denied for man charged with rape, burglary, attempted murder

The state Superior Court has upheld the trial court decision denying Michael Kuhn’s petition to overturn his 2009 conviction for attempted murder, rape and burglary.

Kuhn was convicted of breaking into the apartment of a State College woman in July 2007, binding her and roaming around looking for items to steal. He then raped her multiple times, then struck her repeatedly in the head with what was believed to be a steel beam.

He was found guilty of criminal attempted murder, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, burglary, aggravated assault, robbery, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and criminal trespass, all felonies, as well as a litany of misdemeanors. Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler sentenced him to 48 to 96 years in prison.

Kuhn has filed several appeals, all of which have been dismissed or denied, including the most recent, citing ineffective assistance of counsel.

“This was a vicious crime by a dangerous predator and we are pleased his conviction was affirmed yet again,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks-Miller.

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