DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County man was sentenced to eight life sentences, plus 135 years, for a string of violent robberies and rapes.
Channel 2’s Richard Elliot was at the DeKalb County courtroom where Gary Mincey was sentenced Tuesday. Mincey was convicted of 17 felony counts, including aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, aggravated sexual battery and rape.
"If there is evil in this world, I think it's been in this courtroom," Judge Gail Flake said.
The attacks on five women took place during a six-week span in 2011. Prosecutors said Mincey chose women at random, using a Taser or knife to coerce the victims. He also stole electronics, money and jewelry.
“To target, stalk, rape and then rob five women that he did not know, that didn’t know each other …. it’s every woman’s nightmare," said lead prosecutor Nicole Golden.
Prosecutors said Mincey followed victims from a Publix grocery store, Echelon Bar and Bistro and Tanqueray Lounge. Investigators linked DNA evidence from two women to Mincey. His mother also testified that a month after police searched her house, she found her son’s hidden pistol and called 911.
Golden said most of the victims were too traumatized to attend the sentencing hearing, but she said she was pleased with the judge's ruling.
"We're not going to to stand for this. If you think you're going to attack one woman, much less five, you're going to have to answer for it," Golden said.