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Saturday, September 28, 2019 1:00 am

Rapist apologizes, is handed 55 years

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

Marquise Dozier apologized to his victims Friday after admitting he raped three women.

“No one should have to face what these victims are facing,” he said before Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced him to 55 years in prison. “This isn't about me. It's all about the victims. I don't disagree with anything they said.”

During Dozier's sentencing hearing, one of his victims tearfully described the pain she has suffered since he sexually assaulted and beat her in 2015.

“I want you to suffer,” she said. “I want you to feel the pain you have caused me.”

That same woman also forgave Dozier. “May God have mercy on your soul,” she said.

Another victim said Dozier made her life “a living hell.”

The rapes occurred between 2015 and 2017, and police collected DNA each time. An analysis showed the same man was responsible for each, but investigators weren't able to identify him.

Police this year hired Parabon Nanolabs – the same Virginia company that helped them catch John D. Miller, the man who killed 8-year-old April Tinsley in 1988.

Dozier, 22, was arrested and charged in March. Police said he admitted during interviews to raping the women. He pleaded guilty last month.

He had faced three additional rape counts and charges of burglary and battery with a deadly weapon, but prosecutors agreed to dismiss those in exchange for the plea.

In each case, Dozier entered the women's homes and attacked them.

Fort Wayne police detective Lorna Russell said Dozier randomly chose the homes while walking their neighborhoods.

Several members of Dozier's family said Friday they were shocked by what he did. Choking back tears, they said his actions were “out of character for him” and described him as a role model and good father and husband. He has two children.

jchapman@jg.net