South Shore: Convicted rapist who fled sentenced to 36 years

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) – A man convicted of raping three women in Massachusetts has been sentenced to 36 to 40 years in prison more than three decades after he fled the state and began living a secret life in Maine.

Gary Alan Irving was sentenced Thursday in Norfolk Superior Court. He could have faced a possible life sentence.

His attorney says Irving will be eligible for parole in 24 years.

Irving was a teenager when he was convicted of three separate rapes in that took place in July of 1978 in Cohasset, Weymouth, and Holbrook. In one of them, he knocked the victim off of her bike and raped her repeatedly.

Irving, who lived in Rockland, fled Massachusetts in 1979 after a judge allowed him to return home to make final arrangements before sentencing.

When authorities finally caught up with him in Maine in March, he was a 52-year-old man with a wife and two grown children.

He was on Massachusetts’ Top 10 Most Wanted list for decades.

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