Virginian gets 25-year-term in rape of fellow trucker

April 26, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A Virginia man was sentenced to 25 years in prison this week after pleading guilty to raping a fellow trucker behind a warehouse on Route 175.

Darryl Jones, a trucker from Roanoke, Va., pleaded guilty to first-degree rape just before the first witness took the stand in his trial Wednesday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys had presented opening statements when Jones, 39, pleaded guilty at 3: 30 p.m.

Jones raped a 26-year-old Long Island, N.Y., woman last December.

The two were staying at the Truckers Inn in Jessup and had gone out to a bar with another trucker.

As they were leaving the bar, Jones asked the victim to drive his truck, saying he was too drunk to drive, said Assistant State's Attorney Cindy Johnson.

Instead, he took the wheel himself, drove into the warehouse parking lot, beat and raped the victim, the prosecutor said.

Jones' attorney, Alice Clark, had no comment.

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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