Olympia rapist sentenced to 20 years to life in prison

Staff reportJanuary 31, 2014 

A judge sentenced an Olympia man to 20 years to life in prison Thursday after he had earlier pleaded guilty to kidnapping a woman in August while she was at work, driving her to a secluded area and raping her at knifepoint.

Colin McCullough, 25, pleaded guilty in December to first-degree rape while armed with a deadly weapon, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

The rape occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 18, after McCullough kidnapped the woman at her place of employment on Olympia's east side.

A community corrections officer wrote a pre-sentencing report stating that "McCullough is an extremely dangerous and predatory person," who stalked his victim and may have been planning to kill her.

McCullough had no prior criminal record at the time of his arrest outside his Woodside Court home the morning after the attack. He tried to flee when police surrounded his residence the morning after the rape. Police found a suicide note on McCullough's nightstand which read, "I am doing this because my parents need to learn a lesson," court papers state.

McCullough admitted to the entire incident as described by the victim, according to court papers.

McCullough was a former co-worker of his victim, and knew her for about a month before the attack, court papers state.

A community corrections officer with the state Department of Corrections also wrote that McCullough "does not feel any remorse for what he did...It appeared as though the only remorse he demonstrated was for himself. He appears to be generally cunning, manipulative and knows the difference between right and wrong but dismisses these morals as not applying to him."

The "to life" in McCullough's 20 year to life prison sentence means that after he serves 20 years in prison, his incarceration will be periodically reviewed by DOC's Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. The ISRB might parole McCullough after 20 years, but it also might keep him incarcerated for the rest of his life.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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