Augusta man pleads guilty in beating of 79-year-old woman

Trevanti R. Givens

An Augusta man accused of breaking into the home of a 79-year-old woman and severely beating her in a rape attempt pleaded guilty Mon­day.

Because of Trevanti R. Givens, a woman who expected to live the rest of her life in the home she made for 50 years had to move into an assisted living facility, the victim’s daughter told the judge. Her mother has not been able to drive or even read since the attack and remains unstable on her feet, she said.

Givens, 27, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Su­per­ior Court to burglary and aggravated assault. The judge accepted the negotiated sentence recommendation of 30 years in prison. An attempted rape charge was dropped as part of the plea deal.

Police responding to an interrupted 911 call the night of April 16, 2011, found the woman unconscious and covered in blood. Blood stains on objects nearby, such as a telephone, made it clear that the assailant used more than his fists on the victim, Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Fogus said.

The woman couldn’t remember what happened.

Officers found Givens hiding under a bed in the house. He was wearing a latex glove, Fogus said. Parts of a matching glove were found elsewhere in the house, Fogus said.

The quick police response likely interrupted a rape because medical tests on the victim were inconclusive, Fogus said.

The case against Givens was delayed because he was initially found incompetent to stand trial, said Assistant Public Defender Michael Arrington.

Givens, who has not made any excuses for his behavior, will likely serve at least 90 percent of the sentence in prison. Givens thought it was best to take responsibility and give the victim and her family finality to the case, his attorney said.

Before imposing the sentence, Judge J. David Roper asked Givens whether anyone else was with him during the crimes. Givens said no.

His only prior conviction was for burglary, which he committed by serving as a lookout for someone else.

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