Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Prison Sentence Handed To Rapist

A two-year-old rape case that was set to go to trial this week has now been settled with a guilty plea from the defendant and a 25-year prison sentence.  Court officials say 23-year-old Waford Knight Bryant entered the plea before Judge Leon Burns this week.  The case stems from an incident in November of 2008 in which Bryant was accused of crawling through the attic of an apartment building he lived in to gain access to a neighbor's apartment. He then attacked the victim, a 21-year-old college student.  Police say he raped her and then kidnapped her, forcing her to drive him to the bank and then to Roane County, Tennessee, where he tried to strangle her. Authorities say she was then taken to a remote area of Cumberland County, where she managed to escape by fooling Bryant into thinking she was unconscious. Bryant has been in jail since his arrest shortly after the crime.  His guilty plea was to charges of robbery, aggravated rape, and aggravated kidnapping. And the sentence also reportedly covers the attempted murder charges that had been filed against him in Roane County.