Third man sentenced in rape of Macon woman

A 26-year-old Macon man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape, according to the Bibb County District Attorney’s office.

Terry Sherrod Jackson also must serve five years on probation, assistant district attorney Dorothy Hull said.

Jackson and two other men — 34-year-old James Harris and 41-year-old Wendell Simmons — raped a 53-year-old Macon womanJune 10, 2005.

Harris and Simmons were convicted of rape, sexual battery, aggravated battery and simple assault in a December jury trial and are serving a life sentences plus 20 years.

At trial, the woman testified that in the span of about six hours the men severely beat her, threatened her with a knife and gun and one man burned her with an iron.

A nurse and doctor testified at trial that the woman suffered a fractured jaw, second-degree burns on her buttocks, bruises and swelling in the genital area.

Information from The Telegraph archives was included in this report.