Man hired to rape another man's wife convicted, according to District Attorney

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A man who was hired to rape a woman in March 2016 has been convicted, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.

D.A. Lisa Green announced Monday that on May 11, 2018, a Kern County jury convicted Haliki Green Jr. of rape in concert, sexual penetration with force, assault, false imprisonment and enhancements for personal infliction of great bodily injury and tying and binding the victim.

The conviction stems from an incident on March 4, 2016, when Russell Higgins reportedly hired Green to rape his wife. The D.A.'s office says the two men traveled to the victim's home and waited inside her bedroom. When she arrived, both Higgins and Green attacked her, tying and binding her hands and physically restraining her.

At the direction of Higgins, Green then raped the victim, causing great bodily injury.

Documents obtained by 23ABC show Green said he thought the couple was role-playing when they entered the room and Higgin's wife looked scared.

The documents show Higgins and Green have known each other for several years. Green said the night of, Higgins smoked rock cocaine. Green also said Higgins offered Green $200 to sleep with his wife, which he said was a lot of money to him because he was homeless and an addict at the time. 

Higgins was convicted on April 26, 2018 of rape in concert, sexual penetration with force, assault, false imprisonment, witness intimidation and enhancements for personal infliction of great bodily injury and tying and binding the victim.

Higgins is scheduled to be sentenced on May 24, 2018, and faces a potential sentence of 50 years to life in prison. Green is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7, 2018. He also faces a potential sentence of 50 years to life in prison.

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