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Flynn given 270 years in prison for Emery Farm rape, armed robbery

Union Leader Correspondent

July 25. 2018 10:26PM
KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent Joshua Flynn smiled at the end of his trial in May. Flynn received a lengthy sentence Wednesday in Strafford County Superior Court. 

DOVER — A man convicted of raping a woman during an armed robbery at Emery Farm in Durham will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to 75 to 270 years behind bars Wednesday.

Joshua Flynn, 47, who is also known as Joshua Anderson, was found guilty in May of three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, three counts of robbery and three counts of kidnapping after a jury determined he raped a 23-year-old woman before tying two other women up and fleeing the scene on March 10, 2017.

Flynn was arrested later that day at C&J Trailways in Portsmouth and has been held in jail ever since.

Prosecutor Joachim Barth said Wednesday the sentence imposed by Judge Steven Houran will ensure Flynn is segregated from society for the rest of his life and sends an important message to the community.

“It certainly is partially intended to send a message about general adherence to social norms, which he certainly did not do that day,” Barth said.

Flynn had been on a crime spree robbing establishments in Farmington, Rochester, Somersworth and Dover in the days leading up to the incident at Emery Farm.

He is being tried separately for those crimes and Barth said he does not intend to drop the charges based on Wednesday’s sentence.

After the sentencing hearing, Flynn was arraigned on charges of witness tampering and assault by a prisoner.

Prior to his trial, Flynn allegedly wrote to his three Emery Farm victims and threatened them to scare the women out of testifying. In a letter to an owner of Emery Farm he allegedly wrote he would get a prison gang member to go to her home and set it on fire.

Barth said Houran set bail on the new charges at $100,000, but since Flynn will be in prison he cannot be released even if he collects the money.

Courts Crime General News Durham


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