'Wooded rapist' facing 52 years in prison after latest sentencing

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:34am

The latest conviction for the man called the "wooded rapist" drew a sentence of 20 years at 100 percent Thursday.

Judge Seth Norman sentenced Robert Jason Burdick to 20 years each on two counts to be served concurrently. In addition to two previous sentences, Burdick, who just turned 40, faces a total of 62 years in prison with 52 of those to be served at 100 percent.

Prior to the sentencing, Assistant District Attorney General Roger Moore told Norman that Burdick drove his victims from Davidson County.

"I submit that no one should see this man in the free world again," Moore said.

Following the sentence, Moore said Norman effectively threw away the key on Burdick and "the public is now protected from him."

Burdick's attorney, John Herbison, said his client would pursue the options available in appellate court.

Burdick was convicted in March on especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape charges for a February 2000 attack on Tusculum Road.

During the trial, prosecutors relied heavily on DNA evidence to link Burdick to the victim's home. A swab from a rape kit found Burdick's DNA on the victim.

That evidence was enough for the jury to return a guilty verdict in about an hour.

Burdick is expected in Williamson County next week to face similar charges there. He still faces seven counts in Davidson County and has another trial set here in October.

Moore said he would reassess the situation this summer and determine which cases to move forward with then.