Man with murder, rape on record now charged with assault

Prosecutors say Lloyd McElhiney would face his third strike if he is convicted.

EVERETT — Lloyd Eugene McElhiney may have struck out.

The ex-con, who has served time for murder and rape, is now charged with the attempted sexual assault of another man March 1.

McElhiney, 56, would face his third strike if convicted, deputy prosecutor Lindy Stone said in documents filed last week in Snohomish County Superior Court.

That would mean a life sentence without possibility of release.

McElhiney was released from prison in October. He’d been serving time for a 2007 attack on a 14-year-old Monroe girl that led to convictions of second-degree assault and third-degree rape of a child. Before that he served a dozen years in Arkansas after being convicted of first-degree murder for repeatedly shooting and knifing his then-wife.

The new attempted second-degree rape charge involves another former inmate that McElhiney met while complying with conditions of his release from prison.

The man said McElhiney offered him help landing a job and bought him a meal and then attempted to rape him near the Snohomish River at Lowell.

The man told police he was able to get outside the car and flag down passersby. McElhiney reportedly spoke with police and admitted seeking sex with the man but denied any assault. Prosecutors asked that bail be maintained at $500,000.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@herald Twitter: @snorthnews.

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