November 20, 2017

Defendant in rape case pleads guilty on two charges

(Franklin) — In  an unexpected turn of events Tuesday, Kelcey Jermaine Moreland plead guilty in Heard County Superior Court on two of the charges he was facing relating to an incident that occurred in Franklin on January 18, 2014.

He appeared before Judge John Simpson and plead guilty to one count of first degree burglary with intent to rape and one count of aggravated assault with intent to rape.

Moreland was sentenced to 20 years in state prison on each count to be served consecutively meaning he will serve 20 years in the state penitentiary and 20 years on sex offender registered probation.

A report issued by Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah in January alleged that Moreland entered the residence of an adult female through a window late in the evening on January 18 and proceeded to kill the main power breaker to the house before attacking the woman who was home alone at the time.

Kelcey Jermaine Moreland was sentenced Tuesday to serve 20 years in prison and 20 years on sex offender registered probation

Kelcey Jermaine Moreland was sentenced Tuesday to serve 20 years in prison and 20 years on sex offender registered probation

The charges alleged that Moreland brandished a knife during the attack and covered the woman’s mouth with a piece of plastic so she was unable to breathe.

The report also stated that Moreland took the woman’s phone so that she was unable to call for help. After the attack the woman ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

Lieutenant Tino Brooks of the Franklin Police Department was the prosecuting officer in the case.

According to a statement by assistant district attorney Sarah Japour Tuesday evening, the plea came after a lot of negotiations.

“The plea does not in any way reflect the notion that we did not have evidence that a rape occurred but rather it reflects a meeting of the minds in negotiating a plea that everyone can live with — including the victim,” said Japour.

Moreland, who was represented by public defender Kenneth Cooke, will remain in custody at the Heard County jail until he is taken into state custody.

 

Comments

  1. How much time will he actually serve ? Given the creative math used in our Justice System and early release programs , not enough ! She will serve her life sentence , every single Day !

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: