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Jurors find man guilty of sexually assaulting, kidnapping, and robbing a woman
HARDIN COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
A man charged with kidnapping, robbing, and sexually assaulting a woman is facing the possibility of spending his life behind bars. At around 4 p.m. Wednesday, a Hardin County jury convicted Scott Allen Willis of the crime. Jurors in Judge Steve Thomas' court found Willis guilty of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and aggravated sexual assault.
The Hardin County District Attorney, David Sheffield, says on April 7, 2013, Willis and another man approached a woman when she pulled into her driveway after work. They held her at gunpoint and drove her to a grocery store with an ATM. While one man went inside and withdrew money from the victim's account with the victim's debit card, Sheffield says Willis sexually assaulted the victim.
The victim testified today, as well as one of Willis' accomplices and police. Also, the DA showed jurors surveillance video that showed what happened to the victim in the parking lot of the grocery store. Sheffield says the victim is happy with today's verdict.
"This has been a very traumatic thing for her, however she has been very very brave in coming forward, testifying and telling all the necessary details that needed to be told in court," said Sheffield.
The Chief of the Lumberton Police Department, Danny Sullins, is also happy with the verdict.
"I believe the jury spoke very well and said don't come to Lumberton or Hardin County and pull these kinds of crimes, they'll find you guilty," said Chief Sullins.
Some of Willis' family attended the trial today. His sister says they're heartbroken.
"I don't think he was guilty of the sexual [assault], but the others I would have no say so of," said Earnie Mae Booker, Willis' sister.
Willis could face up to life in prison. There will be a pre-sentence investigation. Judge Steve Thomas will then decide Willis' sentence.