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Suspected serial rapist convicted in 1 of 3 rapes

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Michael Richardson, 35, of Rossville, denied knowing his victim, but DNA from her rape kit identified him as the attacker. Michael Richardson, 35, of Rossville, denied knowing his victim, but DNA from her rape kit identified him as the attacker.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A man suspected of being a serial rapist has been convicted in the rape of a woman who nearly lost her finger during the attack. DNA tests linked him to the crime that happened in August 2012. He still faces two additional rape trials.

Michael Richardson, 35, of Rossville, denied knowing his victim, but DNA from her rape kit identified him as the attacker.

The victim in the August 2012 rape said Richardson picked her up in the Jackson area and drove her to East Shelby County where he forced her to have sex with him. When she tried to fight him off, he bit her finger, causing a cut that required stitches to close. He robbed her of $27 and forced her out of the car before driving away.

Richardson's DNA links him to two other rapes that happened in July and October of 2012. Both of these rapes happened in a similar fashion to the one in which he was just convicted.

He faces 15 to 25 years in prison with no parole. He will face a judge for sentencing on May 28.

Richardson's DNA was also on profile from a 2007 rape and robbery. He was sentenced to three years for the robbery, but not the rape because the alleged victim stopped coming to court.

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