Thursday, April 14, 2011

DA: Rapist Found Guilty and Sentenced to 32-39 Years in Prison

On April 14th, 2011, Darryl Thompson, 41, a dangerous criminal with a history of violence against women, was found guilty by a jury of first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping. Thompson was convicted after a four-day trial.

On September 4, 2005, a woman was walking on the track at Eastway Middle School when Thompson grabbed the woman and raped her on the bleachers. There were no leads in the case until Thompson was arrested in 2008 on an unrelated rape charge and Thompson's DNA was then linked to the 2005 case.

He was sentenced to 32-39 years in prison by The Honorable Jesse B. Caldwell, III, Superior Court Judge. Assistant District Attorney Samantha Pendergrass prosecuted the case. "It really is great to see closure after so long," Pendergrass said. "It affected her life so deeply. Now she knows she's safe."