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Man gets 2 life terms for kidnapping, raping woman who he later texted his photo

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Four armed men kidnapped a woman and at least two of them took turns raping her before they finally allowed her to leave. But investigators said one of those men later texted a picture of himself to the woman.

On Tuesday, that man was given two life sentences plus 70 years for the crime, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Willie Devontae Tims, 21, was convicted Monday of rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping, hijacking a motor vehicle and weapons offenses for the attack on the 26-year-old woman, prosecutors said.

Tims’ accomplice, Steven Brown, has not yet faced trial for the assault, which occurred March 18, 2013, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said.

Investigators said the victim was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Peachtree and Roxboro roads when four men approached her car and asked for a ride. Before she could respond, the men entered her car and told her to drive around the Buckhead area.

At one point while the vehicle was stopped, one of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and another placed a knit cap over her head, Jones said. She was then forced into the backseat of the car with Tims and another man, prosecutors said.

Tims and his accomplice took turns raping the woman and forcing her to perform various sex acts, Jones said. When the attackers were finished, they exited the car and told the woman she could drive away.

The woman went home and immediately called police. But she could not identify her attackers until one of them reached out to her, officials said.

Two weeks after the attack, Tims called the victim and even texted a picture of himself to her, Jones said. He was arrested a few days later. When questioned by police, Tims claimed he and the victim had engaged in consensual sex because they had a ‘connection,’ Jones said.

On Tuesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua sentenced Tims to two consecutive life terms plus 70 years, which will also run consecutively, Jones said.



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