Posted: Jun 25, 2010 12:14 PM by Melissa Canone
COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) - A Louisiana man accused of using a stun
gun and handcuffs during sexual assaults has been sentenced to 35
years in prison for raping a Hattiesburg college student in 2009.
James H. Crockett of Chalmette, La., was sentenced Friday by
Marion County Circuit Judge R.I. Prichard III.
District Attorney Hal Kittrell had said the victim agreed with a
plea agreement, in which a burglary charge was dismissed.
Crockett pleaded guilty June 4 in connection to the 2009 rape in
Hattiesburg, part of a crime spree through three states where he
used a stun gun and handcuffs during two rapes.
He is accused of raping a 22-year-old woman July 5, 2009 in
Baton Rouge, La., where he was charged with aggravated rape,
aggravated battery and false imprisonment. He also was sought in
Hammond, La., on attempted aggravated assault and kidnapping
Crockett was detained in Florence, Ala., on July 7, 2009 after
he was caught hanging around at an apartment complex with handcuffs
and a stun gun. However, since he had not yet been identified as a
suspect in the earlier crimes, he was charged with misdemeanor
possession of marijuana and released.
He returned to Louisiana, and attacked a woman on July 10 in
Hammond, though she was able to fend him off.
By then, authorities had linked Crockett to the attacks in
Mississippi and Louisiana, and began a manhunt. He was arrested
July 12, 2009 after wrecking his car during a chase in Huntsville,
Authorities said the handcuffs and stun gun taken from Crockett
during his first arrest in Alabama are the same ones used in the
first two attacks.