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By David Martin

Cold case ends with 229-year sentence


January 13, 2021

Mark Douglas Burns was driving through Rock Springs on his way to North Carolina when he stopped to fuel his vehicle and find another victim.

He stalked a nearby apartment complex and found a home with a bedroom window open. Through that window was a 14-year-old girl, asleep.

When she awoke, Burns threatened her with his knife, promising to do harm to her family if she called for help. He then bound her with duct tape, committed his sexual assault of the girl and then returned to his vehicle and proceeded with his trip to North Carolina.

The assault happened in 1991 and until last year it w...

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