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Wagner man gets 15 years for 2017 rape

SIOUX FALLS—A Wagner man was sentenced last Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for raping a sleeping woman in 2017.

Xavier Zephier, 26, was convicted of aggravated sexual abuse on March 5, following a jury trial.

The offense occurred on Oct. 29, 2017. The FBI investigated the case.

Following his prison sentence, Zephier will spend five years on supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $5,100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Zephier was turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service immediately after sentencing.

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