Evanston man sentenced to 30 years in jail for rape of NU student

Katie Park

An Evanston man who sexually assaulted a Northwestern student two years ago was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday.

Darryl Preston, 26, pled guilty to two felony counts of sexual assault, according to the Cook County Circuit Court.

Preston allegedly approached a 22-year-old NU student as she was entering her apartment on the 1200 block of Simpson Street around 11:25 p.m. on May 8, 2007.

According to police, the man forced the student into her apartment and threatened to kill her if she screamed. He then raped the woman in her bedroom, positioning himself so she could not see her attacker’s face. Afterward, he tied the woman’s hands behind her back and stole her cell phone.

Because Preston’s crime is a Class X felony, he must serve at least 80 percent of his sentence, the Court said. He has been credited with the 822 days he has spent in jail since his arrest in July of 2007.

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