Probation revoked for Augusta rape suspect

An Augusta man suspected of raping more than one woman he met through an online dating site was sentenced to 23 years and six months in prison Friday.

 

Gikarre L. Rollins, 21, had been on probation when he was arrested in connection with a March 11 assault. Richmond County Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. sentenced Rollins to 25 years probation in March 2016, warning him at the time that any violation of it in the mental health court program would be dealt with harshly.

On Friday, Blanchard revoked the remainder of Rollins’ probation, sending him to prison.

It was what Rollins’ probation officer and Assistant District Attorney Audrey Lewis requested. Lewis noted that she had strongly objected to the probation term Rollins received in 2016 for aggravated assault. In that case he stuck a gun in a woman’s face, Lewis said.

Now he faces new charges of rape, armed robbery and weapon violations in the March 11 assault in which a woman testified Friday that Rollins raped her at gunpoint. He also took her cell phone.

Richmond County Sheriff Investigator Lucas Grant testified the victim’s phone was found on a top shelf in a bedroom closet at Rollins’ home. There was a handgun that matched the description the victim gave, but Rollins’ brother claimed ownership of the gun and said it had not been removed from the home, Grant testified.

The sheriff’s office is investigating Rollins as a suspect in similar assaults, Grant said.

Defense attorney Sean Gamble asked the judge to leave Rollins on probation, saying there are issues with the prosecution’s new case and it will likely need to be tried. Except for the arrest, Rollins had been in complete compliance with the terms of his probation.

Reach Sandy Hodson at sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3226

 

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