It wasn’t the first time he’d attacked her but it was the worst, the prosecutor said.
The victim waited three days after the rape occurred before she reported it, Floyd County Assistant District Attorney Emily Johnson said, because she knew her attacker and knew his capacity for violence.
“She did what she felt she needed to do, to be alive to be able to tell her story,” Johnson said.
The evidence of the wounds was still clear. A medical examiner found damage from the rape and attack to several parts of her body — as well as the black eye from the man’s close-fisted backhand.
“It was very brutal,” Johnson said. “The medical evidence backed up this woman’s story.”
As a result of the attack, a 42-year-old Floyd County man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in Floyd County Superior Court.
Chadrick Clark Lewis was convicted on rape, sodomy, false imprisonment, and battery charges after a recent jury trial.
He was acquitted of terroristic threats charges.
Several family members spoke at the sentencing although Lewis chose not to speak on his own behalf.
He did read aloud 1 Corinthians 13, a Bible verse about love often read at weddings, District Attorney Leigh Patterson said.
After Johnson gave the facts of the case and sentence recommendation to the judge, she read Galatians 6:7.
“Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”