Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:22

Convicted Rapist Pleads Guilty to Second Rape

Convicted Rapist Pleads Guilty to Second Rape SCDAG
MEMPHIS – Mar. 1, 2017 - A 46-year-old man who is serving prison time for an aggravated rape in 2010 had pled guilty to another rape that occurred that same year, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
James Earl Ratliff entered his plea this week in Criminal Court where he was scheduled to be tried for the rape of a woman on Feb. 5, 2010, in South Memphis. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
A woman walking along Elvis Presley Blvd. near Kerr Ave. when she accepted a ride from Ratliff who took her to a secluded area and raped her at gunpoint.
DNA evidence was collected from an unknown suspect and uploaded into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). On April 30. 2012, authorities got a hit, identifying the unknown suspect’s DNA as belonging to Ratliff.
That same year, Ratliff pled guilty to another aggravated rape from May of 2010 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. His sentence this week will run concurrently.
Ratliff was acquitted by a jury last year of yet another rape.
The case this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Cavett Ostner and Gavin Smith.
Ostner is with the DA’s Special Victims Unit (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.