By Jim Mustian | Related Press
A Louisiana jury Thursday convicted a profession legal of raping a police informant who had been despatched right into a drug home in a sting that went unmonitored and unprotected by regulation enforcement.
Jurors in Alexandria appeared away at occasions as prosecutors performed graphic footage of a sexual assault that occurred as the girl went undercover to purchase methamphetamine. She wore a hidden digicam that recorded Antonio D. Jones forcing her to carry out oral intercourse on him — twice— however the system didn’t transmit the assault in actual time.
Jones, 48, was discovered responsible of two counts of third-degree rape. He had been scheduled for trial final month however skipped bail and was later captured in Mississippi.
“We expect justice was served,” Rapides Parish District Lawyer Phillip Terrell advised The Related Press. “He’s an incorrigible, violent legal and we expect the neighborhood is way safer now that he’s going to be going to jail.”
The conviction got here two months after the assault on the girl was reported in an AP investigation that uncovered the perils such informants can face in search of to “work off” legal fees in usually loosely regulated, secretive preparations.
The girl testified towards Jones in the course of the trial, later telling AP in a textual content alternate “it was not straightforward however was rewarding.” AP doesn’t sometimes determine victims of sexual assault.
Regardless of the girl’s cooperation, she was charged anyway simply three weeks after the recorded assault with possession of drug paraphernalia. However prosecutors stated late Thursday they plan to drop the pending fees towards her.
“We definitely don’t intend to prosecute a rape sufferer,” Assistant District Lawyer Brian Cespiva stated in a phone interview.
Jones’ protection legal professional, Phillip M. Robinson, stated he’ll attraction Jones’ conviction and earlier requested for a mistrial as a result of the jurors have been wanting away from the video in disgust. The prolonged footage confirmed Jones forcing the girl into intercourse as she cried and stated “no,” and he even stopped at one level to conduct a separate drug deal.
Jones is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 12. Cespiva stated he’ll ask that Jones be sentenced to 50 years in jail. Jones faces a separate trial subsequent yr on drug distribution fees.
The sufferer, in the meantime, is present process drug remedy.
“I’m satisfied she’s on her strategy to sobriety,” prosecutor Terrell stated.
Mustian reported from New York. Contact AP’s world investigative group at Investigative@ap.org. Observe Jim Mustian on Twitter at @JimMustian.