Judge sentences rapist to hard labor
Judge Mike Craig has sentenced a Springhill man to life in prison at hard labor for aggravated rape involving one juvenile, plus an additional 25 years at hard labor for indecent behavior with another child under the age of 13.
Donny Carper, 32, was convicted twice on the same charge – first on May 6, 2009 and then on August 19 of this year.
“The Second Circuit Court of Appeal remanded this case after Carper was previously convicted,” said Bossier-Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin.
According to Marvin, the Court of Appeal reversed Carper’s previous conviction on procedural grounds and granted him a new trial.
“We are very pleased to help these children and to get closure and justice for them,” said Assistant District Attorney Sherb Sentell, who prosecuted the case. “They (children) were extremely brave and had to take the stand and tell the jury what this man did to them under cross examination.”
Authorities became involved after the oldest child was taken to the Springhill Medical Center Emergency Room, where she reportedly told medical personnel that Carper had “done sexual things to her.”
Springhill Police officers then took the children to the Gingerbread House in Shreveport, where both children told the interviewer the same things about what Carper had done to them.
“We want to thank the Springhill police, as well as the men and women who served on the jury for helping these children get closure and justice,” Marvin said.