Suspect in Augusta rape case pleads guilty

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Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly named the assistant public defender. The story has been corrected.

A rape case scheduled for trial next week in Richmond County Superior Court has ended with a guilty plea.

Albert Lee Ellison, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges of attempted rape and kidnapping, a change the prosecutor agreed to on behalf of the victim, who was terrified of facing Ellison again.

On the evening of Nov. 11, 2008, the woman was cleaning an office building on Wal­ton Way when Ellison hit her in the head from behind and dragged her to a nearby empty house, Assistant Dis­trict Attorney John Mark­wal­ter told the judge Friday.

Ellison raped the woman before forcing her into her car and driving on Wal­ton Way until a tire blew and she escaped, Markwalter said.

The evidence was strong against Ellison, the prosecutor said, including an attack five months earlier on a pedestrian who Ellison knocked to the ground and stimulated a sex act on.

The rape victim was too trau­matized to relive the crime by testifying in front of a roomful of people, including Elli­son.

Ellison, who cannot read or write, has a long history of mental health issues, Assis­tant Public Defender Todd Mitchell told the judge. He is taking responsibility for what happened, however.

Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Ellison to 35 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation. He will get credit for the four years he has been jailed pending trial, but he will have to serve the rest of the prison sentence.

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OpenCurtain 01/04/13 - 10:24 pm
Given a 2nd chance

A great example of liberal touchy-feely understanding, with a big dose of Political Correctness toward people with ...... how do they say it?????

Mentally Challenged life styles.
Mentally Handicapped.
A Life challenging issue.

Hide behind what ever name they dream up to deflect our attention away from the fact he Raped and likely planned to killed a citizen working for a living. PLUS all this happened after another innocent citizen was assaulted 5 Months earlier.

This whole story screams .....
He's a NUT CASE. He is Extremely more dangerous, than a person serving time for smoking a joint. But because he has a PC defined problem the system bowed to him. Thanks ACLU.

Another Question:
The story said he can't read, he can't write, but he can drive?
Surely he had to read the Driver License Booklet to pass the driver test for a license? But hold on he's crazy? Or, do we also have another example of a criminal that doesn't care about license laws, while committing a crime.

Hint for our PC Types, and Liberals whiners: Laws are just for honest people. Making something illegal just causes problems for honest people, not the criminals. e.g. Gun Laws and Bans, Drugs, and etc..

jmo 01/05/13 - 04:05 am
OpenCurtain 01/05/13 - 09:45 am
JMO - Your aim

is too low it should have been closer to the neck.

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