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He walked in smiling and left crying.

A bawling rapist turned on the waterworks Thursday, begging for forgiveness and claiming he’d turned over a new leaf.

But Kevin Rios’ blubbering didn’t sway the judge, who slapped him with a 12-year sentence for the May 2006 gunpoint attack on a prostitute.

“This was a crime of extreme violence and cowardice committed against a defenseless victim,” said Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber.

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Rios and another man robbed and raped a 30-year-old hooker – who testified about how he bragged he would never get caught because she was a woman “nobody cared about.”

He came into the courtroom smiling and nodded to his mom but began sobbing as he offered an apology of sorts.

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