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East Boston rapist identified through DNA match sentenced for 2011 attack

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A rapist identified through a DNA match was sentenced to up to 30 years in prison on Wednesday for attacking a woman in an East Boston lot in 2011, the Suffolk district attorney said.

Thomas Cradock, 27, of East Boston, was found guilty of charges including aggravated rape, assault with intent to murder, and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office said in a statement.

Cradock is currently serving a five-year prison sentence on an unrelated Plymouth County conviction for beating and stabbing a man in 2012. He will begin his sentence of 25 to 30 years, followed by 10 years of probation, after he completes the current sentence, the district attorney said.

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Before sentencing Cradock, Judge Christine Roach heard the woman he assaulted describe the physical and emotional consequences of the 2011 attack, which included "difficulty with walking, balance, verbal expression, and trusting others," Conley's office said.

"My life will never be the same because of what you did to me," the victim told Cradock.

"You almost killed me … but I am not broken. I have worked incredibly hard to get my life back, and there is more to come," she said.

The woman was found unconscious and badly injured in a vacant lot on the morning of Sept. 21, 2011 by an East Boston resident, who called 911 , according to the district attorney's office.

She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with multiple fractures and bruises across her body, and suffered a brain injury that required multiple surgeries, the office said.

A rape kit revealed the woman had been sexually assaulted, and Boston police criminalists extracted a DNA profile from the biological evidence left by the attacker, according to the district attorney's office.

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The profile was uploaded to the FBI's Combined DNA Index System, where it remained on file until 2014, when Cradock was ordered to supply a DNA sample after being found guilty in Plymouth County of stabbing and beating a man in Marshfield, Conley's office said.

The unknown profile on file from the 2011 East Boston attack matched Cradock's profile, and he was indicted last year, the office said.

In 2011, Cradock had lived with his parents in East Boston at an address close to the scene of the assault, according to the district attorney's office.


Lauren Fox can be reached at lauren.fox@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurenbfox.