Crime & Courts

Rape of elderly woman brings 61-year prison sentence

Marquatesz R. Redmon was 17 when he was arrested in the rape and robbery of a 76-year-old Wichita woman but was prosecuted as an adult.
Marquatesz R. Redmon was 17 when he was arrested in the rape and robbery of a 76-year-old Wichita woman but was prosecuted as an adult. Sedgwick County Jail

An 18-year-old man convicted of raping an elderly woman in her home last year has been ordered to serve 61 years in prison, according the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

District Judge Gregory Waller handed down a 732-month sentence to Marquatesz Redmon on Thursday for his role in the June 2013 sexual assault of a 76-year-old woman during a home invasion and robbery, the district attorney said in a news release.

He will serve the bulk of the sentence, 618 months, on the rape conviction, 61 months for aggravated robbery, 34 months for aggravated burglary and 19 months for aggravated intimidation of a witness, the release said.

A jury in October convicted Redmon of seven felony counts connected to the rape and break-in. The woman had testified that one of two intruders who broke into her southeast Wichita home sexually assaulted her then held a handgun to her head and threatened to kill her if she called police.

The woman couldn’t identify her rapist, but Wichita police said investigators found Redmon’s DNA on her undergarments after he was arrested. The robbers got away with two flat-screen televisions, jewelry and $3 in cash.

Redmon was 17 at the time of the crimes but was tried as an adult at the request of prosecutors.

The other intruder that night, 19-year-old John Edward Thompson Jr., was sentenced Oct. 9 to 129 months imprisonment on aggravated robbery, attempted kidnapping and aggravated burglary convictions. He pleaded guilty to the charges in July.

A third defendant, Jessica Ward, received 18 months of probation on one count of aiding a felon, district court records show. She was sentenced Oct. 31.

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