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Domonique Huntington sentenced in 2008 double-rape cold case cracked thanks to DNA

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In 2008, a woman was brutally raped by two men. But the case remained unsolved for years, until a DNA hit led to the arrest of Connie Liphford for the crime. Liphford was sentenced for the crime a year ago this month.

Now, Domonique Huntington, charged with being the second perpetrator in this terrible crime, has been found guilty as well.

Get details and see photos and a probable cause statement below.

At about 1:30 a.m. on February 24, 2008, as we've reported, a 26-year-old woman told police that she was lingering out front of the 9th Door bar when a couple of men offered her what she thought was a ride home.

Unfortunately, they made a stop first.

The men drove the woman to what's described in the aforementioned document as an isolated, park-like area. Then one of them climbed into the backseat with her, removed her pants, held her hands over her head so that he could lift her shirt and expose her breasts, and despite her protests, raped her.

The horror wasn't over. Once the first man was finished, he traded places with the second one, who repeated the act. This time, she didn't protest. She just wanted the assault to be over.

Once it was, they asked where she lived, and rather than providing an address, she offered an intersection, Alameda and Quebec, where they left her.

The next day, she told friends what had happened and was taken to Denver Health for a sex assault exam. But there was no progress in the case until February 25, 2011, when the Combined DNA Index System, known as CODIS, registered a match with DNA collected back in 2008 with that of one Connie Lamar Liphford, who'd been busted on a completely separate matter.

Another year would pass before a jury would find Liphford guilty of sexual assault. And as we reported at the time, Huntington was scheduled to have his own day in court on May 4 of last year.

Nonetheless, the slow grind of justice took until this month to finally address Huntington's alleged complicity in this crime. He has now been found guilty of sexual assault. He'll be back in court circa June and faces a sentencing range that could hardly be wider -- from probation to what's described as an indeterminate-to-life prison term.

Look below to see a larger version of Huntington's mug shot, followed by the aforementioned probable cause statement.

Connie Liphford Probable Cause Statement

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