Crime

Man sentenced to life for Yakima homicide arraigned in Tacoma rape

A man serving a life sentence for killing a woman in Yakima in 2009 was arraigned Friday in Pierce County on charges he raped a different woman in Tacoma that year.

Aaron Briden, 27, is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $250,000, should Briden be released from prison.

Pierce County court records didn’t list an attorney for him.

Briden, of Tacoma, was sentenced in 2012 to life without parole for the death of 42-year-old Shelly Kinter in Yakima. He sexually assaulted, robbed and beat her, and then killed her by running her over with a stolen car Oct. 20, 2009.

In 2014, DNA results came back linking Briden to the Tacoma rape, which happened May 6, 2009.

Court records give this account of the Tacoma rape, which Briden was charged with last month:

Briden and another man offered a homeless woman walking on Sixth Avenue a ride. She got in their car, and they took her to an alley, where the men sexually assaulted her for three hours.

Then they drove her to the Hilltop and left her. She got help from a church in the area.

Briden told detectives who spoke with him in prison that he didn’t remember the woman, the assault or the other man.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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