GAYLORD — A Gaylord man pleaded guilty in Sibley County District Court to charges related to him raping a 40-year old woman last July.

Stephen Kizer, 38, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct in exchange for his other criminal sexual conduct charges and domestic abuse charge being dropped, according to the plea agreement.

Kizer hauled the victim to the bed in a "bear hug," covering her mouth enough at one point that she could no breath, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim repeatedly told him she did not want to have sex with him but "gave up" when he began raping her out of fear of him smothering her again.

Kizer's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15.

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