Second defendant pleads guilty to rape
A teenager who helped kidnap a woman from outside her Garden District home and drove a car as two other teens repeatedly raped her pleaded guilty at Criminal District Court on Friday, agreeing to serve 35 years in prison.
Christopher Davis, 18, pleaded guilty to forcible rape, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery.
Although he didn’t actually rape the victim, as the driver Davis was still vulnerable to prosecution as a principal to the crime.
Two of his co-defendants are accused of forcing the woman into a car, taking her to ATMs to withdraw cash, and raping and beating her as Davis drove around.
When they returned to her block, they pushed her out of the moving vehicle and stole her car.
Davis was the only 18-year-old charged, so he was the only defendant facing a possible life sentence. Under federal law, juveniles accused of crimes must be at least eligible for parole.
“The district attorney’s office feels that this was a just outcome under the circumstances,” said Christopher Bowman, a spokesman for the Orleans Parish DA. “It was gratifying to be able to deliver justice to this victim, who has suffered so terribly.”
While he agreed to the plea deal, Davis did not agree to testify if one of his accomplices, Joseph Davis, goes to trial. The two are not related.
The youngest teen charged in the case, 16-year-old Sheldon Jefferson, pleaded guilty earlier this week and received a 30-year sentence.
Joseph Davis is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing before criminal court Judge Franz Zibilich on Monday.
Woman, 19, sexually assaulted at SUNO
Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman early Friday morning at Southern University at New Orleans.
The assault was reported just after midnight in one of the dormitories on SUNO’s campus. University spokeswoman Tammy Barney declined to say if the victim is a student.
New Orleans police on Friday declined to discuss the case.
No suspects have been named.
Friends’ dispute ends with stabbing
A man was stabbed in the arm Thursday evening after getting into a fight with a friend, New Orleans police said.
The 52-year-old victim and the suspect, known as “Red,” began to argue about 7:12 p.m. in the 400 block of Toulouse Street. Red pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm before running away.
Woman allegedly cut, choked during attack
New Orleans police arrested a man suspected of cutting a woman on her hand as he held her in a chokehold while trying to cut her hair.
Police said Jarrero McBride, 20, had the 20-year-old woman in his arms about 9:39 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 4900 block of Gawain Drive in New Orleans East when the woman began to struggle with him.
At that point the woman was cut on one of her fingers.
McBride was booked with aggravated battery, police said.
Armed men take cash, items from store
Three men robbed a Hollygrove convenience store at gunpoint Friday, New Orleans police said.
The robbers walked into the store in the 9200 block of Airline Highway about 2:21 a.m. and demanded money.
The men ran out of the store after they took money and other merchandise, police said.
No descriptions of the men were provided.