Jerome Keyes found guilty of rape and simple assault

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After three days of grueling testimony of a rape occurring last October, a guilty verdict on two of the 12 counts has now been reached. 

” I ended up coming forward and getting this man off the streets,” said rape victim Doris Velazquez.

After more than six hours of deliberations, jury members finding 58-year old Mississippi truck driver  Jerome Keyes guilty on counts of rape and simple assault. 

“We’re very happy with the result,” said Assistant District Attorney Erin Connelly. “Going into this I knew if we got a rape conviction, that would be what we needed to protect the community from him getting out again. ” 

Velazquez saying she is happy with the verdict. 

“I have my justice for what happened,” said Velazquez. “I don’t hold a grudge against him. I forgive him, but I can’t forget.”
Velazquez said she stepped outside of her house after an argument with her husband on the night of October 17th.  On her way back home from a local gas station, she felt a pointed object put to her neck and someone ordering her to get into a semi-truck. Later identifying Keyes. Keyes then driving to a parking lot and assaulting her for more than 30 minutes. 

Keyes will be sentenced on May 31st. 

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