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Convicted rapist sentenced to life, plus 135 years

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

A 20-year-old Jonesboro man has been sentenced to life, plus 135 years in prison.

A jury found Christopher Eugene Williams guilty of rape, robbery and kidnapping late last week for the 2006 assault on an 18-year-old woman.

When arrested, Williams was on probation for a 2001 charge of aggravated child molestation. At the time of that crime, he was 14.

According to evidence presented at trial, Williams and a juvenile friend broke into a Channing Drive house in November, planning to burglarize the residence. They surprised the woman, who was upstairs playing computer games in her boyfriend's bedroom.

The accompanying juvenile, who wasn't wearing a mask, roamed about the house, taking jewelry, a shotgun, and other items. Williams, wearing a blue bandana across his face, held a small, semi-automatic gun to the woman's head, and forced her into the family's "Buddha room," used for praying. Swearing at her and telling her not to move, he pulled down her pants and raped her.

"I didn't move," the woman said, according to court documents. "I was frozen. I was shocked. I didn't know what to do."

The woman, who is not being named because of the nature of the crime, positively identified Williams as her attacker. She said she turned around, while she was being attacked, and his bandana had fallen from his face and she clearly saw him.

After being attacked, the 18-year-old woman was forced into an upstairs closet and Williams tied the doors closed with a vacuum extension cord.

Clayton County Police said the crime started as a burglary, but changed when the burglars discovered the woman.

Department detectives followed a tip from an area resident and found the juvenile, who lived in the area. In a bedroom reportedly painted Crips-blue, police found all the stolen items.

He admitted to the burglary, and led police to Williams.

In a handwritten letter to the judge, on file at the Superior Court Clerk's office, Williams claimed he was being set up by the juvenile and possibly others. Writing "confession" across the top of the page -- in a letter that began: "Hello how are you doing? Me worried." -- Williams argued there were fingerprints and DNA that didn't match his fingerprints and DNA.

The jury didn't believe him and found him guilty of the felony counts.