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Friday, 16 December 2016 08:55

Serial Rapist Gets 60 More Years

Deandrey Peterson Deandrey Peterson
MEMPHIS – A convicted serial rapist was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday for the aggravated rapes of two Raleigh women in separate incidents two years ago, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Deandrey Peterson, 28, known as the Abington Rapist, was already was serving 30 years for a previous rape conviction, also involving a Raleigh woman in 2014. He now has three separate convictions, a total of 90 years in prison and has two more rape cases pending trial.
His sentences also include aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan said Peterson is a danger to society with no hope of rehabilitation. Peterson has represented himself in trial and clapped as the jury’s verdicts were read in court in his most recent conviction.
He was convicted earlier this month of entering the apartment of a 22-year-old Raleigh woman at mid-day on Feb. 12, 2014, and then raping and robbing her at gunpoint. She testified that Peterson threatened to come back and kill her if she did not wait five minutes before leaving the bedroom.
    The other two convictions involved armed attacks in the same apartment complex, all within a few weeks of each other.  
     The case this week was handled by Carrie Shelton, former chief prosecutor of the of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU), and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Abby Wallace, a member of the SVU which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
    The investigation was led by the Memphis Police Department’s Sex Crimes Bureau and assisted by the Old Allen Precinct Task Force.