Charles Monroe was sentenced Thursday following his conviction in Superior Court on a variety of charges including aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery and indecent assault and battery. One of the girls told investigators the now 20-year-old Monroe raped her, but he was acquitted of rape charges.
The crimes occurred over an eight-day period beginning on Oct. 20, 2010. The victims said they were confronted by a knife-wielding Monroe while on their way to school.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that Monroe’s lawyer said his client is remorseful and had a “very difficult upbringing” in war-torn Liberia before moving to the United States when he was 11.