A teenager who helped kidnap a woman from outside her Garden District home and drove a car as two other teens repeatedly raped her pleaded guilty at Criminal District Court on Friday, agreeing to serve 35 years in prison.
Christopher Davis, 18, pleaded guilty to forcible rape, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery. Although he didn’t actually rape the victim, as the driver Davis was still vulnerable to prosecution as a principal to the crime. Two of his codefendants are accused of forcing the woman into a car, taking her to ATMs to withdraw cash, and raping and beating her as Davis drove around. When they returned to her block, they pushed her out of the moving vehicle and stole her car.
Davis was the only 18-year-old charged, so he was the only defendant facing a possible life sentence. Under federal law, juveniles accused of crimes must be at least eligible for parole.
“The district attorney’s office feels that this was a just outcome under the circumstances,” said Christopher Bowman, a spokesman for the Orleans Parish DA. “It was gratifying to be able to deliver justice to this victim, who has suffered so terribly.
While he agreed to the plea deal, Davis did not agree to testify if one of his accomplices, Joseph Davis, goes to trial. The two are not related.
The youngest teen charged in the case, 16-year-old Sheldon Jefferson, pleaded guilty earlier this week and received a 30-year sentence.
Joseph Davis is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing before criminal court Judge Franz Zibilich on Monday.