An Underwood man was sentenced today to serve 20 years for raping his ex-girlfriend and threatening her with a gun.
South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner sentenced Brady Blotske to the mandatory minimum — 30 years in prison with 10 years suspended for five years of supervised probation — for the felony charges of gross sexual imposition, felonious restraint and terrorizing.
McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson said he is not a fan of mandatory minimum sentences in these types of cases, but "I think that's about all the court can do today."
Blotske will have to register as a sex offender, as well as undergo sex offender and drug and alcohol treatment. He can have no future contact with the victim.
Blotske was convicted in June in South Central District Court after the victim testified that Blotske had tied her hands with electrical tape, raped her and threatened her with a gun in May 2015 in McLean County.
His attorney, Alex Kelsch, asked for a five-year prison sentence, arguing "manifest injustice," which would have allowed the judge to deviate from the mandatory minimum; but Grinsteiner said he did not find cause for it.
Blotske also asked for mercy in his sentencing, due to the effect it would have on his family, saying, "I don't know what happened that night, but I'm sorry for what happened that night. ... This is terrible, and I feel terrible."
Jessica Holdman contributed to this report.