Man pleads guilty, gets 30 years for gunpoint rape of former girlfriend


A man who held a gun to a former girlfriend’s head and raped her repeatedly one night in February 2016 pleaded guilty Monday and received a 30-year prison term.

William Emmett Baucum III, 46, entered the guilty plea Monday before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell. The case was scheduled for jury selection the following day.

Baucum stuck a silver revolver to the woman’s forehead and threatened to end her life during a violent sexually oriented attack that began on the night of Feb. 4, 2016, and ended around 5:30 a.m. the next day, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Deputies who responded to a location on County Road 4004 in New Boston noted redness and swelling to the victim’s face and a bite mark impression on her lower jaw. The woman told officers she had been hit and bitten all over her body during the attack.

The woman reported to Bowie County Sheriff’s Office investigators that Baucum became “irritated and aggressive” at about 11 p.m. the night of Feb. 4, 2016.

The woman said Baucum took her car keys, cash, debit card, and cell phone. When Baucum left for work the morning of Feb. 5, 2016, the woman ran for help.

Later that day, investigators arrested Baucum at his home. He agreed to let officers search a home safe in which they found a silver handgun and marijuana.

Until last month, Baucum had been free on a $100,000 bond but Tidwell revoked it due to violations of the conditions of his pretrial release.

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