Suspected serial rapist gets life in prison

March 3, 2011 4:28:30 PM PST
A man convicted of a brutal crime has learned he'll spend the rest of his life in jail. Even as jurors heard more testimony in the sentencing phase, the family of LaMarques McWilliams said he didn't do it.

McWilliams has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in the Acres Homes area, and remains a suspect in several other rapes in that area, as well as a murder case. His defense attorney called his aunt, Linda McWilliams, to the stand. She testified to his character, saying she'd known him his whole life.

"He's a good guy. I helped raise him," Linda testified. "He's a hard worker, a good father. I don't believe he did any of this. He's not capable."

The defense attorney said the most that McWIlliams could be guilty of is committing adultery with prostitutes. That had been the contention throughout the trial, that McWilliams was having relations with prostitutes.

By early afternoon, the jury returned their verdict of life in prison. McWilliams' attorney had requested probation, and he faced anywhere from five years to life.

Prosecutors have dropped charges for the remaining assaults, but not a murder charge for the death of Pamela Goss. Her brother spoke to McWilliams in court today, and told him how the killing affected his family.

"I told him that he caused our family a lot of pain that we really, we won't get over this, you know, too soon becuase of how she died," said Darrell Anderson, Goss' brother.

The Goss murder case is on the court docket for Monday.