Robin McJunkin could be sentenced up to 209 years in prison for raping a 61-year-old Cottonwood woman about a year ago.
McJunkin, 32, of Camp Verde, was in court Monday for a scheduled trial to prove his prior felony convictions. The proceeding is a routine one and allows defendants the opportunity to contest prior convictions. McJunkin, however, agreed to admit to his felony convictions without trial.
"Mr. McJunkin agreed to stipulate to the priors to save some time," said Elizabeth Flynn, McJunkin's attorney.
Judge David Mackey explained that by admitting to these, McJunkin is giving up his rights to a trial and making himself eligible for more prison time.
If McJunkin hadn't agreed to admit to the prior convictions, County Attorney Sheila Polk had a fingerprint witness subpoenaed and ready to compare McJunkin's fingerprints on prior sentencing documents. That would then either have proved or disproved that McJunkin was convicted of certain prior felonies.
The reason prior felonies are important to confirm is because mandatory sentencing ranges increase when defendants have two or more prior convictions.
In September, McJunkin was found guilty by a jury on several counts related to the 2002 rape. Monday, Mackey outlined the increased sentencing ranges for each count McJunkin was convicted of.
For attempted sexual assault, the maximum sentence could be 25 years in prison. McJunkin was found guilty of two counts of attempted sexual assault.
For sexual assault, McJunkin could receive anywhere from 14 to 28 years for each count. He was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault.
For kidnapping, which he was found guilty of on one count, McJunkin could receive up to 35 years. For robbery, he could receive 15 years and for burglary the maximum could be 25 years.
McJunkin had already admitted to a forgery conviction during his trial. On Monday, he admitted to attempted aggravated assault, two counts of escape, burglary, attempted burglary and grand theft. The convictions went back as far as 1991 and some were committed in Idaho.
Sentencing for McJunkin will take place Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the division one courtroom of the Yavapai County Superior Court.
CVMO still investigating Camp Verde rape
Although McJunkin has not been charged in this case, there was a similar incident that happened about two weeks later in Camp Verde. Almost a year later, that case still has no suspects.
On Nov. 2, 2002, a 79-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Camp Verde. According to prior police reports, at about 12:42 a.m., the victim contacted the Camp Verde Marshal's Office and reported that she had been beaten and raped at her apartment on General Crook Trail.
The victim reportedly told investigating officers that at about 9 p.m., a young, clean-cut, white man approached her and asked to be allowed into the apartment complex.
He told the victim that he was looking for a friend. The victim reportedly allowed him to enter the complex. The man then allegedly followed her to her apartment and punched her in the face, knocking her to the kitchen floor. According to reports, he then continued to beat her to unconsciousness
After allegedly sexually assaulting her, the suspect fled, leaving the victim unconscious for the following three hours.
After the rape occurred, McJunkin was wanted for questioning because of his connection to the Cottonwood crime.
"He wasn't a suspect. He was an investigative lead," CVMO Detective Steven Ganis said. "It was later ruled out."
Ganis said that the victim has since passed away from causes not related to the case. CVMO is still investigating the rape, but hasn't arrested anyone for the crime.
"That is still an on-going investigation," Ganis said. "As of yet we don't have any concrete suspects. Actually we don't have any suspects."
He said the case isn't something he works on daily, but it's still considered open if any evidence comes in.
According to court documents, McJunkin's attorneys wanted to bring up the Camp Verde rape in trial in order to prove a third-party culpability defense. The state filed a motion to preclude mention of it and ultimately Judge David Mackey sided with the state. The jury never heard about the Camp Verde rape.
Ganis said no sexual assaults have taken place in Camp Verde since the November rape. But, CVMO deputies are still focusing on educating the public and teaching safety precautions.
"That's an ongoing thing," Ganis said. "Trying to let the community know what's going on and how to protect themselves."