A 25-year-old man was given six life sentences and 50 years in prison for kidnapping and repeatedly raping at gunpoint two women hours apart at an abandoned home in Fulton County.
A jury deliberated for just over an hour before finding Kendell Lawrence guilty Monday of kidnapping, rape, aggravated sodomy, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the brutal assaults in 2011, the district attorney’s office said Tuesday.
The first assault happened around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2011 with the abduction of a 22-year-old woman near the intersection of Old National Highway and Old Bill Cook Road, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said. The woman was walking home when a gunman approached and then blindfolded her before warning her not to do anything “crazy,” Jones said.
The man forced the woman into an SUV, drove to a nearby abandoned home on Pine Tree Trail where she was ordered to climb through a broken window into the home where Lawrence and another man took turns raping the woman and forcing her to perform sexual acts upon them, Jones said.
When the attack was over, the men told the woman to cleanse herself in an effort to remove any traces of DNA before they drove her back to the area from which she was abducted, prosecutors said. The woman rushed to a local restaurant where someone called police for help, Jones said.
A few hours later, a second woman was abducted from a strip mall parking lot in the 7400 block of Old National Highway, prosecutors said. The gunman forced his way into the 30-year-old victim’s car and ordered her to drive to the same abandoned home where the blindfolded woman was ordered to climb through a broken window, Jones said.
Lawrence and a second man also took turns raping the woman and then told her to cleanse herself before removing her blindfold and allowing her to leave. She drove away from the scene to a local business and called police, Jones said.
Lawrence and his co-defendant Deantwan Allen, who will be tried separately, were later arrested for the crimes, prosecutors said.