Rapist Sentenced To 30 Extra Years After Appeal Trial
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A convicted felon who sought an appeal on a 1995 rape charge might now regret his choice after a court found him guilty again and added on to his sentence.
Eighteen-year-old Arthur Turner was arrested for kidnapping and raping a woman in 1995. Police said he abducted the woman at gunpoint outside a fitness center in Hermitage and forced her into the trunk of her car. He drove around in her car all night and raped her twice including once outside the back gate of the Hermitage.
"He stated she'd be a fairly easy target," said Pam Anderson, Assistant District Attorney.
The victim escaped from the trunk the next morning and called police after Turner drove to his girlfriend's home in Smyrna where he fell asleep.
With a taped confession Turner pleaded guilty 20 years ago, but then he changed his mind after hearing his sentence. He got 40 years to be served at 30 percent, meaning he'd be eligible for parole in about 13. But Turner learned he was a repeat offender and he'd be serving the whole sentence.
In 2010 he won an appeal a federal judge offered him a trial, and he accepted. His trial took place in the summer of 2012.
Assistant District Attorney Pam Anderson prosecuted the case. This time there was no plea bargain. The victim testified and the jury found Turner guilty of all charges. Turner's sentence nearly doubled.
"We went from 40 years to 70 years, so it was definitely worth going forward on," said Anderson
The judge ordered Turner to serve those years at one hundred percent. He won't be eligible for parole until the year until 2065.
Turner's victim moved out of state several years ago. Prosecutors say she was a fantastic witness during the trial, but her terrible experience has taken its toll. Since the attack she has battled cancer and suffered six heart attacks.