Plea agreement reached in 2013 rape in Michigan City

2014-05-09T17:34:00Z 2014-05-09T21:49:07Z Plea agreement reached in 2013 rape in Michigan CityStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 09, 2014 5:34 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A Michigan City man who once stabbed another man in the chest might be headed back to prison for raping a teenager.

Kenneth Veal, 48, agreed Thursday to plead guilty to Class B felony rape in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence. He was to serve an additional 10 years behind bars for being an habitual offender.

His plea agreement was taken under advisement by LaPorte Superior Court 1 Judge Kathleen Lang.

Veal admitted to raping an 18-year-old woman last summer in Michigan City.

According to authorities, the victim was first raped prior to turning 18 and a second time after her birthday.

Veal had been out of prison for only a couple of months prior to the 2013 sexual assault that occurred on the city's northwest side.

Further details about the rape were being withheld until sentencing, but the victim did sustain undisclosed injuries, court documents revealed.

In 2004, Veal was given a 20-year prison sentence for stabbing a then 42-year-old man, who was the boyfriend of a woman Veal had formerly dated.

According to court documents, the man and woman, who was holding a baby, returned home together and the man went inside the Springfield Township residence first to make sure things were safe. Court documents state Veal then stabbed the man in his chest.

Veal fled into a woods where he was caught when a police dog clamped down on his ankle, police said.

The victim was in the hospital for just a very short time because the blade did not hit his heart or puncture his lungs, court documents revealed.

If Lang accepts the terms of the plea, Veal will be sentenced June 19.

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