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Bellingham man gets more than 6 years for rape of two women

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Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis sentences Bellingham resident Craig Michael Walton to more than six years in prison for indecent liberties, third-degree rape and two counts of second-degree domestic violence in Whatcom Cou
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Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis sentences Bellingham resident Craig Michael Walton to more than six years in prison for indecent liberties, third-degree rape and two counts of second-degree domestic violence in Whatcom Cou

A Bellingham man was ordered to serve more than six years in prison for raping two women he knew.

Craig Michael Walton, 48, was sentenced Monday for indecent liberties, rape in the third degree and two counts of domestic violence assault in the second degree, charges he pleaded guilty to in June. He originally was charged with indecent liberties, rape and felony assault. His case almost made it to trial in May, but attorneys reached a plea deal at the last minute.

Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis sentenced Walton to six years and three months in prison — three months longer than the agreed recommendation, and the longest sentence allowed. She told Walton she didn’t think it was long enough.

“There is no excuse for your behavior, Mr. Walton. Your behavior has ruined the lives of your family,” she said. “There is nothing I can do as a representative of the legal system to repair any of that damage.”

The case stemmed from an incident in May 2015 when a woman, 46, was visiting Walton and the other woman, 35, in an apartment on Alderwood Avenue.

The investigation indicated they had been drinking vodka when Walton went on a tirade, grabbed the 35-year-old woman by the face and shoved her head back. The older woman reported she stayed to make sure the abuse wouldn’t escalate.

According to court papers, Walton overpowered the 46-year-old and raped her while the other woman was passed out on the couch with a baby in her arms.

After that assault, Walton went to the younger woman, took the baby from her, and raped her, too, according to court records.

The following day, Walton asked the 46-year-old woman if anything happened between the two of them the night before. He left after she said yes.

Walton returned to his apartment and took about 30 pills of Baclofen, a muscle relaxer. He was rushed to St. Joseph hospital.

Walton has past convictions for burglaries in 1992 and 1993, forgeries in 1993, a misdemeanor theft in 1998, and a DUI in 2002. His record of domestic violence crimes starts in 2012.

Both victims were in court Monday.

“It’s been over a year since you committed this brutal and perverted assault against me,” the 46-year-old woman said in her statement to the court. “You made me do something I did not want to do even though I was saying to you no and that I wanted to go home, but you did it anyway. While you’re physically stronger than me, I am mentally stronger than you, and you cannot break me and you are not a nice person.”

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

Reporter Kyle Mittan contributed to this article.

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