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Park Jogger Victim Happy With Verdicts

From United Press International

A jogger raped and beaten in a highly publicized Central Park “wilding” rampage was thrilled over the conviction of three youths in the crime, it was reported today.

The New York Post quoted a “knowledgeable source” as saying the jogger remarked “Thank God it’s over” when she heard the verdict and called the jury of 10 men and two women “wonderful people.”

The 30-year-old investment banker “was getting on with her life” and was not at home Saturday when a prosecutor called to report that Antron McCray, 16; Yusef Salaam, 16, and Raymond Santana, 15, had been found guilty of rape and assault, the source told the newspaper.

The three were acquitted of attempted murder, the most serious charge against them.

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The woman, who was attacked as she jogged in Central Park on the night of April 19, 1989, testified briefly during the trial. Prosecuting attorney Elizabeth Lederer questioned the jogger about her injuries and established that she had no memory of the attack itself. Defense attorneys did not cross-examine her.

The source said the woman did not want to think about the forthcoming trial of three more youths accused in the attack.


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