BR man guilty in 1999 rape at cemetery

A 51-year-old Baton Rouge man faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison following his conviction in the 1999 rape of a woman in a cemetery.

An East Baton Rouge Parish jury found Gregory Lynn Bailey guilty Thursday night of aggravated rape in the Feb. 16, 1999, incident. Bailey was arrested in June 2010 after DNA evidence linked him to the rape.

“Because the case is so old, the conviction is especially gratifying for the victim because she’s lived all these years thinking he would come back and harm her,” prosecutor Sue Bernie said Friday.

State District Judge Tony Marabella is scheduled to sentence Bailey on April 5. Aggravated rape carries an automatic term of life in prison.

The victim, who was 18 at the time, told police a man approached her as she was sitting in the passenger seat of a car on the 5500 block of McClelland Drive and pointed a handgun at her, according to an arrest warrant.

The man got in the driver’s seat and drove the woman to an unknown cemetery where he raped her, the warrant says. The woman told police her attacker then drove her to the 6800 block of Lacey Street where he left her and the car, the warrant states.

The State Police Crime Lab matched DNA taken from the victim to Bailey, the warrant adds.