Man pleads guilty in break-in in which elderly woman was raped
07/22/2014 7:31 AM
08/08/2014 10:25 AM
A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of attempted kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in connection to the break-in of a residence and the rape of a 76-year-old woman last summer.
The trial of John Thompson was scheduled to begin Monday, but he pleaded guilty instead. He is scheduled to be sentenced by District Judge Ben Burgess on Aug. 12.
Co-defendant Marquatesz Redmon, 18, is charged with rape and several other crimes. Redmon’s trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 4.
On June 7, 2013, two intruders broke into a 76-year-old woman’s home near Lincoln and George Washington Boulevard. They took two flat-screen television sets, jewelry and $3 in cash.
The woman testified in a hearing that during the break-in, one of the men raped her, holding a gun to her head and threatening to come back and kill her if she called police.
Redmon and Thompson were later arrested a few blocks away at a home in the 2400 block of East Mesita. Police found some of the woman’s jewelry when the arrests were made as well as some of the woman’s DNA on Redmon’s underwear.
The two suspects told police conflicting statements about the crime, each claiming to have stood as a lookout while the other collected property and raped the woman.
Earlier this year, District Judge Joseph Bribiesca ruled Redmon would stand trial as an adult.
In addition to the two men, Jessica Ward, 24, is charged with two counts of aiding a felon in connection with the incident. Her trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.
Join the Discussion
The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.