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Convicted Rapist Sentenced to Life in Prison

Published On: Dec 18 2012 04:35:11 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2012 10:54:59 PM CST

Mugshot of Jermaine Barkley

REDDING, Calif. -

A man accused of holding a woman captive and then beating and raping her at gunpoint was sentenced today in Shasta County.

27-year-old Jermaine Barkley was sentenced 59 years plus 80 years to life for forcible rape, forcible copulation, assault with a firearm, battery causing serious bodily injury, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, criminal threats and possession of cocaine and methamphetamine. Back in February he pleaded not guilty to all 10 counts.

The evidence in court showed that on February 8, 2012 Barkley raped the victim multiple times and struck her numerous times in the face. After Barkley fell asleep, the victim was able to escape the apartment wearing only partial clothing on the top half of her body.

When investigators searched Barkley's apartment they noticed that he had tried to clean up the crime scene by hiding the victim's belongings.

The Shasta County District Attorney's office said Barkley must serve 85% of the 59 year sentence and 85% of the 80 year sentence for a total of 118 years before he is eligible for parole.

The Shasta Women's Refuge and Family Justice Center also issued a statement regarding Barkley's sentencing.

"We are pleased today at the life sentence handed down to convicted rapist, Jermaine Barkley," Executive Director of the Shasta Women's Refuge and Family Justice Center said. "While the pain and grief to the victim in the case are unimaginable, she can rest easier knowing that he’ll never be able to do this again.  We continue to pray and look forward to a day when there are no more victims and we are no longer needed."