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Former Marine Charged in Brutal Craigslist Rape Plot

A 27-year-old Marine from Twentynine Palms, Calif. whom prosecutors say arranged a brutal rape using Craigslist has been charged with five felonies in Wyoming.

Jebidiah James Stipe made his initial appearance in Wyoming's Natrona County Circuit Court Tuesday. He's charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault and other crimes.

Prosecutors say that on Dec. 5, Stipe posted an advertisement on the popular Internet site pretending to be a Casper woman he briefly dated. The ad asked for a "real aggressive man with no concern for women" willing to carry out a rape fantasy.

Prosecutors say Ty Oliver McDowell, a 26-year-old Mills, Wyo. resident, responded to the ad, and that Stipe gave him the woman's picture and an address. McDowell is also charged with five felonies, including first-degree sexual assault.

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