• 45 years for rapist who claimed to be irresistable to victim


    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A Cobb County man will spend the next four decades in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping a woman from a CVS store before raping her.

    Darrious Mathis was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years in prison and 20 years on probation.

    The first defense team for Mathis said their client’s good looks led to a consensual encounter with the victim.  A Cobb County judge declared a mistrial in September after nearly four days of deliberations.

    The victim shared her story with a jury for the second time in March, reliving the night 2 1/2 years ago when her quick, post-midnight stop at a CVS turned into a kidnapping ordeal.

    "He had told me to get in the car and I actually begged him to take my car. I had pushed my wallet that was in my hand and my keys toward him and I was like 'Please take my car. You can take my cards and everything," she said.

    The 24-year-old said she was abducted at gunpoint from an Austell CVS, and was then driven into Atlanta, where he sexually assaulted her.

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