Jairo Rosas, 23, was charged with rape and kidnapping after the Jan. 9, 2012, attack. Assistant District Attorney Sam Nicholson said Friday that he agreed to reduce the rape charge to ensure a conviction and prison sentence.
Richmond County Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Rosas to 20 years in prison. Because Rosas is not a U.S. citizen, he could face deportation when he is released.
Last year, the woman finished her shift at a Wrightsboro Road restaurant and drove a couple of co-workers home before heading home herself. After she was alone, Nicholson said, Rosas forced his way into the driver’s seat and drove to a wooded area near the airport. The woman told investigators that Rosas raped her and drove her home.
Rosas had a previous conviction of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2009, Nicholson said.
According to the sex offender registry law, a person convicted of aggravated assault with intent to rape must register as a sex offender.