Accused rapist turns down deal, opts for trial

NORWICH – A Columbus man indicted for rape turned down a plea bargain that would have let him walk out of the courtroom a free man. He will instead take his chances with a jury of his peers, risking up to 25 years in state prison.



Lance Jeff Mills, 48, Columbus, has been sitting in the county jail for the last 11 months on $50,000 bail waiting for his day in court.

Mills’ primary public defender, Alan Gordon, fell ill and the court was forced to reschedule his trial which was supposed to begin this afternoon.


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