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Suspect in 1996 Howland rape case seeks insanity plea

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A man arrested for allegedly raping an elderly woman twenty years ago wants to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Judge Wyatt McKay set a February 1 competency hearing for 48-year-old Jack Sheetz, who is accused of raping a 75-year-old Howland woman in 1996.

Howland police brought Sheetz from his New York home in September after new DNA testing helped detectives locate the suspect.

The Trumbull County Grand Jury indicted Sheetz on charges of rape, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery in the case.

It was back on December 17, 1996, when the victim told police an unknown man entered her home and threatened her with a screwdriver. Police believe the suspect in the case was staying at home next door to the victim while working on home repairs.

The victim, who survived the incident, has since passed away.

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