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Convicted local rapist loses second appeal

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In a decision released Tuesday morning, a district court rejected a second appeal by a former River Falls man convicted of raping and imprisoning a woman in March 2003.

In June 2003 a Pierce County jury found Joseph P. Hipler, now 26, guilty of first degree sexual assault -- use of a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment.

Hipler is serving a 10-year sentence at Stanley Correctional Institution. That term is to be followed by 10 years extended supervision.

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