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Sentence handed down for Gouker in 1990 rape


WAUPACA, WI (WTAQ) - An Oklahoma prison inmate has been sentenced for a cold case rape in Iola.

Earlier this year, investigators say DNA evidence reviewed in 2011 linked Glendon Gouker to the 1990 attack.

After pleading guilty, Gouker was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the Iola rape, on top of the four life sentences plus 70 years he is already serving.

“I’m thankful for all of the outstanding investigators who work to solve cold cases and work to understand how to employ the current technologies," says Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel in a statement. "The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with its partners in law enforcement to ensure justice is served for the benefit of all victims.” 

“Cases like this one ought to send a message to criminals who may think they’ve escaped justice with the passage of time,” according to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “Through ongoing advancements in investigative technologies, such as DNA analysis, law enforcement is solving cold cases and holding violent offenders accountable. I congratulate the many investigators who’ve worked relentlessly to solve this horrific crime.”

Authorities are also looking into whether he was involved in a 1992 double murder that happened in Weyauwega.