SIX LIFE SENTENCES PLUS 50 YEARS FOR CONVICTED RAPIST
Two Victims Abducted, Assaulted Near Old National Corridor
Atlanta– One of two men indicted for the kidnapping and rape of two women has been convicted and sentenced to multiple life terms. Jurors deliberated for just over an hour Monday evening before returning guilty verdicts against 25-year-old Kendell Lawrence on charges of Kidnapping, Rape, Aggravated Sodomy, Armed Robbery and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony in connection with the brutal sexual assaults.
The first assault occurred on December 8, 2011 at approximately 6:30 p.m. A 22-year-old woman was walking home near the intersection of Old National Highway and Old Bill Cook Road in Fulton County when a gunman approached and then blindfolded her before warning her not to do anything “crazy.” The woman was then forced into an SUV and driven to a nearby abandoned home on Pine Tree Trail. Still blindfolded, she was ordered to climb through a broken window into the home where Defendant Lawrence and another man alternated raping the woman and forcing her to perform sexual acts upon them. When the attack was over, the men told the woman to cleanse herself in an effort to remove any traces of DNA and then drove her back to the area from which she was abducted. She rushed to a local restaurant where someone called police for help.
Just a few hours after that attack, a second victim was abducted from a strip mall parking lot in the 7400 block of Old National Highway. A gunman forced his way into the 30-year-old victim’s car and ordered her to drive to the same abandoned home where the first woman was attacked. This victim was also blindfolded once she arrived at the home and ordered to climb through a broken window. Defendant Lawrence and a second man also took turns raping the woman. They also told the victim 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.
An extensive investigation led to the arrests of Defendant Lawrence and his co-defendant Deantwan Allen who will be tried separately.
Following his conviction Monday, Kendell Lawrence was sentenced to six consecutive life terms plus 50 years in prison by presiding Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle.
The case was prosecuted by Senior ADA Rodney Atreopersaud with assistance from Senior ADA Adriane Love and DA Investigators Greg Patterson and Jim Marshall all of whom are assigned to the Crimes Against Women and Children Unit. DA Investigator Richard Randolph, former Fulton County Police Detective, led the initial investigation.