Dubuque Man Sentenced To Life In Prison for Kidnapping

By Lauren DeWitt, Reporter

Scott Robinson looks around the courtroom at Dubuque County Courthouse. (Jeremy Portje/Dubuque Telegraph-Herald)

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DUBUQUE, Iowa – A judge sentenced a Dubuque man to life in prison with out parole for First Degree Kidnapping. Scott Robinson allegedly held a woman against her will at his apartment last year, forcing her to perform a sex act.

Last week, the sentencing of Robinson was delayed by new evidence found by the defense.

A hearing was held Tuesday on the motion submitted by the defense for a retrial. The defense brought forth witness, Michael Harris, who claimed to have heard from the victim she made up the whole story.

Assistant Dubuque County Attorney, Chris Corken, brought a number of inmates to the stand, who lived in the same housing unit as Robinson. They testified, that Robinson had also asked them to fabricate a story about the victim being a prostitute, similar to what Harris did .

The judge denied a retrial of the case, and sentenced Scott Robinson to life in prison with no parole. “To sentence the defendant to life in the penitentiary without the possibility of parole, there is no other choice…In this case, I don’t feel like I need one. This was a despicable act that was charge and tried in front of this court,” said Judge Michael Shubatt.

Before being sentenced, Robinson was offered a chance to speak to the court. Robinson read to the court a three to four page note where he claimed his innocence and spoke out against the victim.

“The fact is that you sexually assaulted the victim, that is what the jury concluded and she is paying a price right now that you can’t repay… Today at this sentencing, in the view of this court, you have simply come into this court and assaulted her again,” said Judge Michael Shubatt.

Robinson’s attorney says he will appeal today’s sentencing within the next 30 days.
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