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A Bismarck man who has served time for rape in Mercer County and will be sentenced on similar charges in Morton County later this month will go to trial in Burleigh County in March to face another charge of gross sexual imposition.

Cyrus Cuba, 30, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted at a jury trial set for March 4, 2020. He is accused of forcing himself on a woman in July after the two and others had gathered at the woman’s home. He pleaded not guilty Monday after South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick found there was probable cause to move the case forward.

Cuba allegedly held the woman down and forced himself on her after she repeatedly told him to stop, Police Detective David Johnson said. The woman had bruises on her arms that were consistent with injuries that would have been suffered in the manner she described, he said.

Cuba’s attorney, Michael Hoffman, said some of the evidence referenced in the hearing had not been provided to him. There are “a lot of question marks” associated with the case, he said after the hearing.

Cuba was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 after he pleaded guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition in a Mercer County case, court documents show. He pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in Morton County in October. He'll be sentenced in that case Nov. 29.

He is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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