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Man pleads guilty for 2005 West Fargo rape

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FARGO - A man pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to rape and burglary in a case stemming from a 2005 West Fargo incident. DNA collected from two crimes linked him to the case.

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Michael Jerome Waller Jr., 23, entered the pleas without an agreement with prosecutors and will be sentenced at a later date.

Authorities arrested Waller last September in New York after tips came into police that he should be considered a suspect in a November 2005 attack on an elderly West Fargo woman. DNA later linked him to the case.

He lived five blocks from the 73-year-old woman at the time, according to court documents.

Waller was released from a New York jail a year ago after serving a nine-month sentence for trying to sexually assault a 22-year-old woman in the hallway of a Yonkers apartment building.

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