The state's mandatory DNA testing of inmates led to a 40-year prison sentence Tuesday for a Goose Creek man who raped a Navy chief petty officer in 2006, authorities said today.

Damien Edwards, 21, of Raiders Way, pleaded guilty in Berkeley County court to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in the August 2006 Goose Creek case, according to the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office. Circuit Judge Kristi Harrington sentenced Edwards to consecutive sentences of 30 years on the criminal sexual conduct charge and 10 years on the kidnapping charge.

The case had remained unsolved for two years until 2008, when Edwards entered the prison system after being sentenced on other charges, Assistant Solicitor Anne M. Williams said in a news release.

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