Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Rapist gets 12 years

rexfordA Dubberly man will spend the next 12 years in prison at hard labor for the crime of forcible rape.

Judge Ford Stinson handed down the sentence Monday.

It took a jury three and a half hours to convict 28-year-old Travis Kirk Rexford on October 30, following a two-day trial.

"I'm sorry for what I've done and I ask you for forgiveness and I've thought about it every day and I asked God for forgiveness and I'm sorry for what I did to you and your family," Rexford said at sentencing.

Rexford's testimony in trial never included a confession and actually denied the rape allegation.

According to reports, Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested Rexford February 1 of this year after he was alleged to have forced a female victim to perform sex acts on him at his Holoman Loop residence.

A spokesperson for Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said the victim and her 19-year-old daughter were cleaning house for the defendant when he came into the room where they were folding clothes and hit the victim's daughter on the back with a club.

At that time, he reportedly began yelling and demanding the mother perform sex acts on him or he would beat them to death.

The victim complied. During the trial, it was revealed that she and her daughter were crouched against a wall, with Rexford "towering over them."

In one hand he had the club which was made from an ax or hammer handle with a lead pipe secured to the handle with duct tape.

Rexford's 18-month-old toddler and small baby were in the house when the crime took place. His wife was reportedly out of the house, "getting dinner for the family."

According to reports, Rexford's defense was that the victim was going to be paid for the sex act, and this was something she did voluntarily.

His attorney claimed that when the victim learned Rexford had no money to pay her, she became angry and called the sheriff's office.

The victim made a statement in court during the sentencing phase, saying at first she was angry but has forgiven Rexford and left the judgment to God and Judge Stinson.

Marvin said sheriff's deputies worked hard to make the case.

"I want to personally thank the sheriff's office for their competent and thorough investigation," Marvin said. "And I am proud of how Darius Henderson prosecuted the case."

The sentencing range was no less than five years nor more than 40 years.






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