Anson man gets life sentence for 2010 rape in Pa. forest

Posted Aug. 01, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 01, 2012, at 8:21 p.m.

A Maine man with a lengthy record was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Erie to life in federal prison for kidnapping and raping a 20-year-old woman near Kinzua Dam, in the Allegheny National Forest, in 2010.

Mike Beaulieu pleaded guilty in March to kidnapping and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. He also admitted to raping the woman and tying up and gagging her 23-year-old boyfriend with rope and duct tape in the Allegheny National Forest, in Warren County.

The rape allegations were incorporated into the two charges to which Beaulieu pleaded guilty.

U.S. District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin sentenced Beaulieu, and called him “a violent recidivist.”

Beaulieu faced a minimum sentence of 37 years in prison and a maximum of life. The sentence was so long because of his prior record, which included convictions for crimes such as rape, arson, escape and domestic violence assault in Maine.

Beaulieu, 37, is from Anson, Maine, about 65 miles west of Bangor.

In the rape case, the couple Beaulieu victimized had been visiting the Kinzua Point Information Center to go on a picnic when Beaulieu confronted them with a .45-caliber Kimber handgun on Aug. 3, 2010.

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