Man found guilty for raping woman, stealing food stamp card

Man found guilty for raping woman, stealing food stamp card

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A jury found a Baton Rouge man guilty for a handful of charges, including aggravated rape, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Jury selection began Monday in Judge Mike Erwin's courtroom. The defendant, George Wright, was found guilty on all charges on Thursday, October 6.

According to the probable cause report, Wright allegedly approached the woman while she was walking. The victim claims that Wright pulled out a silver handgun and forced her behind a carwash.

After the sexual assault, the report says Wright took the woman's cell phone and food stamp card.

"Fearing that she would be killed, the victim pleaded with [Wright] that she would give him money that was at a nearby friend's residence if he didn't harm her," states the report.

The two began walking when the woman spotted a patrol unit. She ran towards the unit and Wright ran away. The report says Wright was arrested after a short foot pursuit and the handgun was found.

According to police reports, Wright is a convicted felon and was on parole for first-degree robbery at the time of the incident. The gun used in the attack was reported stolen through the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

A sentencing hearing has been schedule for October 28. The aggravated rape charge carries a mandatory life sentence.

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