Man gets 50-year sentence for child rapes

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) A 42-year-old man convicted of raping and molesting boys was sentenced Tuesday in Kennewick to 50 years in prison.

Michael Leon Shemesh insisted in court that he was innocent and that the children had been intimidated by authorities.

The Tri-City Herald reports Benton County Superior Court Judge Carrie Runge told Shemesh he selected and preyed on vulnerable victims.