Jurors deliberated for 13 minutes Friday before finding a Macon man guilty of striking a 25-year-old woman on the head with a brick, raping her and robbing her inside a College Street apartment near Tattnall Square Park in October.
Desmond Deonta Gibbs was sentenced Friday afternoon to life in prison on the rape charge followed by another life term for the armed robbery.
While serving the back-to-back life sentences, Gibbs must serve 20 years for aggravated assault, according to the district attorneys office.
Gibbs, 19, also must serve 20 days in jail on a contempt of court charge stemming from his refusing to answer a question at a pre-trial hearing held Thursday.
Bibb County jurors watched a video of Gibbs statement to police Friday morning.
During the police interview, Gibbs repeatedly apologized, although he was reluctant to describe what happened during the afternoon of Oct. 18, 2012.
After first saying that he didnt know how the woman became injured, he admitted he struck her in the head.
I did hit her with a brick, Gibbs said.
Gibbs also admitted taking $4 and the womans cellphone, but he denied saying he was going to make her take him to an ATM to get more money.
He said he had made a mistake.
I dont know what happened to me, Gibbs said. It wasnt me.
During the police interview, Gibbs said hed spent most of his teenage life locked up.
His lawyer, Mark Beberman, argued that the judge should grant a mistrial because he and the prosecutor had agreed to mute the videotaped statement for that portion of the interview.
Prosecutor Dorothy Hull told the judge it was hard to hear that portion of the interview and that jurors didnt hear Gibbs further describe his trouble with the law.
The judge denied Bebermans motion.
The 25-year-old woman testified Thursday that she had moved her furniture out of the apartment on Oct. 17 and went back on Oct. 18, with her then-3-year-old daughter, to pick up a few things.
She said Gibbs followed her into the apartment and she feared for her life -- and for her daughter who was playing outside -- after Gibbs struck her on the head and neck with the brick. She complied with her attackers commands to disrobe so he could rape her.
After the assault, an apartment maintenance man spotted Gibbs and the woman beside her car as she retrieved her purse.
The maintenance man, Richard Whipple, testified Thursday that he saw the woman mouth, he raped me and he chased Gibbs until he lost sight of him.
Both the woman and Whipple identified Gibbs as the womans attacker from a police photo lineup.
Gibbs testified in a pre-trial hearing held Thursday that he was at a friends house the entire day the woman was attacked.
Beberman has said Gibbs, who lived on Fourth Avenue in Macon prior to his arrest, denies the charges against him.
Testimony in the case concluded Friday without any witnesses testifying for the defense.
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