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Judge sentences man to life for robbery, sexual assault
KOUNTZE - A judge has sentenced a man to two life terms behind bars for Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Sexual Assault, and 20 years for Aggravated Kidnapping.
State District Judge Steve Thomas in Kountze handed down the sentence Monday in the case against Scott Willis III.
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 May 28, when a jury convicted Willis. One of Willis' accomplices and police also testified. 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 was happy with the 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.