Cordova Rapist Pleads Guilty, Will Spend Life in Prison

Cordova Rapist Pleads Guilty, Will Spend Life in Prison

A Cordova man will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping seven women.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Cordova man will spend the rest of his life in prison for raping seven women.

Anthony Alliano, 42, pleaded guilty to rape and aggravated robbery charges Tuesday morning. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Alliano to a total of 178 years in prison; 136 years must be fully served with no possibility of parole.

For the first time in 10 years, Alliano's victims say they finally have peace. 26-year-old Meghan Yobs was just 16-years-old when she was attacked by Alliano, "I was scared for the past 10 years because I knew he was still out there and I knew he was going to be attacking other people."

Ybos says Alliano was waiting inside her home after school. "It was completely terrifying," she says, "I had to be in denial to function and when they arrested him this spring everything changed and everything's better now."

It's the same story for woman after woman who faced the rapist in court for the first time. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Nichols says, "The pain is palpable, you watch the ones that didn't speak their faces tell it all, the faces of their mothers and their fathers tell a completely different story."

Nichols says police were on the hunt for a then-unknown rapist since 2003. That was the year Madison Graves became his youngest victim at just 12-years-old. "I opened my door to come in after school and he was in my room," she says, "He made me promise not to tell anybody, that he would kill my family."

Each of the seven women reported the crime, and after Alliano was caught using a victim's credit card, he was identified through a CrimeStoppers tip. A DNA swab matched each of the women. Nichols says, "There could be cases where DNA wasn't left behind and there could be cases that were unreported altogether, and so we'll never know, but we got him on this seven and we got him on 178 years."

It's a lifelong sentence that means everything to the victims. Graves says, "The world basically, it just showed me that I don't have to be scared anymore, that I can live my life without having to look over my shoulder and to know that he's going to be in jail forever is really all I needed for my closure."


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