Man receives 99 years for rape, home invasion

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NEW BOSTON, Texas: A man who stalked a woman before breaking into her home and raping her at gunpoint in 2017 was sentenced to 99 years in prison Thursday by a Bowie County jury.

LaDavion White, 21, was found guilty Wednesday by the jury of seven men and five women of two counts of aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon. They returned Thursday morning to hear testimony in the punishment phase of White’s trial.

White’s victim testified Wednesday that she moved into a rental house in the 600 block of Arizona on Aug. 1, 2017. Within a few days, White had knocked on her door in the middle of the night. A few days before the sexual assault, the woman called police after finding a broken window. Officers found the broken window and more.

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Screens had been pulled off of several windows and pry marks were found on a door along with an anonymous note to the victim. At about 3 a.m. Aug. 16, 2017, the woman was home alone watching television when she looked up and saw a man pointing a gun at her. White threatened to make the woman’s child an “orphan” if she did not stop screaming.

During the punishment phase of White’s trial, several members of law enforcement testified that White has a history of fighting police. Leah Miller testified that when she was working as a juvenile probation officer in Bowie County, White exhibited concerning behavior.

Miller said White expressed fantasies of raping and torturing women while at a local high school that led to complaints from other students. Miller said White regularly struggled physically with officers and threatened court staff.

Wake Village Detective Todd Aultman testified that White was combative during a search of his home and chewed up foam coverings and other equipment in the back of a patrol car.

First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards asked the jury to give White a substantial prison term, arguing that he is a danger to the public, particularly women.

“White preyed on the vulnerability of a young mother who thought she was safe in her own living room,” Crisp said. “She survived this incredibly violent attack and bravely testified in front of a courtroom of strangers about this heinous sexual assault. The evidence at trial was that White had thoughts and fantasies of rape and murder from a young age. He made good on his threat to sexually assault a stranger but this jury’s verdict of 99 years will keep him from being able to carry out his desire to kill an innocent person.”

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