Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers sentenced Larry J. Sharps to 55 years for criminal deviate conduct, rape and being a habitual offender.
Sharps had agreed to plead guilty to the charges earlier this month. He and his legal counsel struck the deal with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
The deal called for Sharps to plead guilty to a class A felony charge of criminal deviate conduct, class B felony charge of rape and being a habitual offender. The state agreed to drop criminal confinement and sexual battery charges.
On Oct. 18, 2007, Sharps allegedly abducted a woman from her Terre Haute residence while threatening her with a knife. He then drove her to Brazil, where she was sexually assaulted at a residence on North Sherman Street.
Sharps was released from prison in February 2007 and was on parole and registered as a lifetime "sex offender" for a previous conviction for criminal deviate conduct on the Indiana Sheriff's Association Sex and Violent Offender Registry in October 2007.