Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Rapist guilty again

The second time around proved to be just as unlucky for a Springhill man, as he was again found guilty of aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile under age 13.

A jury of 12 convicted 32-year-old Donny D. Carper after deliberating for approximately four hours Friday.

The case was remanded from the Court of Appeal after Carper was found guilty previously on May 6, 2009 and sentenced to 125 years at hard labor.

"The Court of Appeal said we should have put the children on the stand last time," said Assistant District Attorney Sherb Sentell. "So we corrected that this time and put them on the stand."

Carper, a resident of 7th Southeast, Springhill, was arrested in May 2008 after two female juveniles indicated he had raped them.

"The complaint was issued Nov. 12, 2007," said Springhill Police Chief Ronnie Coleman.

Coleman said the juveniles had been taken to an emergency room where they were examined. Afterward, they indicated Carper had molested them.

An investigation into the matter resulted in warrants issued for two counts of aggravated rape.

Carper was also arrested in February of that same year on charges of driving while intoxicated, no liability insurance, driving under suspension, no driver's license and vehicular negligent injury.

Randal Fish served as Carper's defense attorney in the most recent trial, while Larrion Hillman defended him the first time.

Aggravated rape carries an automatic life sentence at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Indecent behavior with a juvenile under age 13 carries a sentence of not less than two years and up to 25 years at hard labor and at least two years must be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Judge Mike Craig presided over both trials and has set a sentencing date of September 9 to impose the automatic life sentence.






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