AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - A Lee County judge has sentenced a teen to three consecutive life terms in prison for raping and burglarizing an Auburn University student.
Judge Jacob Walker handed down the sentence after telling the 16-year-old rapist that the crime was one of the most graphic cases he's ever heard.
This week, 16-year-old Kentavious Wilson pleaded guilty to breaking into an Auburn University student's home at Eagles Landing on West Longleaf Drive in May 2014.
Wilson, who was 15 at the time, admitted to raping and sodomizing the 19-year-old woman before stealing her car.
Court documents indicate the teen and three other suspects were armed with knife. Police say the four suspects all attended Loachapoka High
Judge Jacob Walker sentenced Wilson to two consecutive life sentences for first degree rape and sodomy, along with a third life sentence for first-degree burglary to run concurrently with a 25-year burglary sentence and a 15-year theft sentence.
Auburn investigators hope Wilson's lengthy incarceration will help the victim's recovery.
"Knowing that this individual is not going to be out hurting her or anybody else, that he is going to be in jail for pretty much the rest of his life," said Captain Lorenzo Dorsey with the Auburn Police Department.
Wilson is the first of four suspects to be sentenced in the case. Officials are waiting to see if 18-year old Lakeith Black of Waverly and two 16-year-olds will plead guilty as well or go to trial.
Whatever happens, Captain Dorsey says the 19-year-old Auburn student is resilient and focused on getting justice, and the police department is behind her.
"She has been extremely strong and every supporting her and her parents and you know she is getting back on track back in school and trying to get this behind her and we want to do everything we can to support her," Capt. Dorsey said.
The rape occurred near the same location where three
District Attorney Robbie Treese has said this is a troubled area for the city and is working to clean up crime in that part of Auburn.