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Beaumont man sentenced to 40 years in connection to kidnapping and sexual assault
JEFFERSON COUNTY - A 20-year-old Beaumont man was sentenced Tuesday by Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens to a term of 40 years in the state penitentiary after pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault, according to a news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.
Dijon V. Cooper approached a 36-year-old woman as she was loading her 3-year-old and 4-year-old daughters into her car after leaving "story time" at the Elmo Willard Library in north Beaumont, the release stated.
Threatening the woman with an unknown object, he forced her into the car and made her drive to a nearby cemetery where she was sexually assaulted in the front seat while the girls were in the back seat, the release stated.
Diverting his attention with an offer to go to an ATM machine and get him money, the woman instead pulled the car over near a surveying crew and screamed for help, the release stated.
Cooper fled on foot, the DA's Office stated.
Officers arrived at the scene and broadcast a description of Cooper by radio and was arrested shortly after that, sitting on a table at Magnolia Park, the release stated.
Both the woman and a member of the surveying crew made a positive identification of Cooper, the release stated.
Cooper was already on probation for burglary of a habitation and that probation was also revoked at the time of the plea, resulting in a 20 year sentence, the release stated.
Cooper must serve 20 years of the 40 year sentences before he can be considered for parole, the release stated.