2012-02-15 / For The Record

Attempted rapist sent to prison; robbers get probation

By Anne Marie Kyzer annemariek@thetruecitizen.com

A man who was fought off by a 15-year-old girl in her bed was sent to prison.

Jermaine Deon Oliver, 36, pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal attempt to commit rape. Following a recommendation from the district attorney’s office, Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown sentenced Oliver to five years in prison and five years probation.

Oliver was arrested in August 2010 outside a home in Sardis, where neighbors had detained him following the attack. According to assistant DA Adam King, Oliver had been in the home earlier in the night with a friend and went into the girl’s bedroom, asking her age and grade in school. He and his friend left for a nearby nightclub but Oliver apparently turned back and entered the home without permission. King said Oliver went into the girl’s bedroom, where she had to fight him off of her.

King regretted the light sentencing recommendation considering the seriousness of the crime, but said the victim’s family did not wish to prosecute or see Oliver go to jail.

Judge Brown ordered Oliver to have no contact with the victim when he is released and to register as a sex offender.

Meanwhile, a pair of accused armed robbers were sentenced to probation due to identity issues that could have arisen if the case went to trial.

Warner Tolbert III, 19, and Kennan D’Mal Cummings, 21, were initially charged with armed robbery but pleaded guilty to theft by taking in a plea negotiation instead.

They were arrested last September after confronting the victim outside his residence. Though the pair was masked, the victim recognized the voice of Tolbert, who allegedly punched him before Cummings pulled the gun, according to the DA’s office.

Judge Brown sentenced them to eight years probation, which must be under intense supervision initially. They are also prohibited from having contact with the victim.

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