An Elizabethtown man arrested in February for raping a woman at knifepoint at a local motel was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement.

Ryan William Patterson, 32, was sentenced to 10 years for first-degree rape and five years for first-degree wanton endangerment. The sentences will run concurrently for his sentence.

According to an arrest citation, Elizabethtown police responded to Motel 6 on North Mulberry Street at 9:24 p.m. Feb. 17, 2021 after the victim called police.

Police say Patterson held a knife to the woman’s throat as he raped her in the room. He also said “he would kill her” if she screamed, the arrest citation said.

The woman was taken to Baptist Health Hardin for treatment, according to EPD.

When police arrived at the motel, Patterson was there and was in possession of a knife, police said.

As part of the plea agreement, Patterson must register as a sex offender and must complete sex offender treatment before he can become parole eligible.

He must serve at least 85% of his sentence and also will have post-incarceration supervision.

Patterson has been held at the Hardin County Detention Center since his arrest.

He faced 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, for first-degree rape and one to five years in prison, if convicted of first-degree wanton endangerment.

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