November 29, 2012 10:06:00 AM
Sarah Fowler - firstname.lastname@example.org
A Columbus teen will spend 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Lowndes County Circuit Court on Wednesday to raping his half-sister.
Davis Allen Pitts Collums, 19, pleaded guilty to statutory rape.
Collums, who initially pleaded not guilty, was indicted on the statutory rape charge in 2011. He was charged with statutory rape in 2010 after he allegedly forced his 13-year-old half-sister, who does not share the same last name, to have sex with him.
Collums, who was adopted when he was 12, was living with his biological mother at the time of the rape. The mother discovered her children in the closet while the sexual act was happening and called Collum's adopted mother for help. His adopted mother then alerted authorities.
Collums had been in the custody of the Department of Human Services before his adoption and had spent time under observation at Whitfield, the state mental hospital, for anger issues.
Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Clemons asked Judge Jim Kitchens to impose the maximum sentence on the teen, noting medical professionals at Whitfield considered Collums manipulative.
Clemons said Collums showed a lack of remorse concerning the incident.
When asked if he had anything to say in defense of his actions, Collums blamed his young victim.
"It wasn't my idea," he said. "I told her it was going to be a bad idea and I tried to tell her no."
The statement Collums gave to investigators in 2010 however, contradicted that testimony. Collums told investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department that he did have intercourse with his half-sister on the day in question and also admitted to having sex with her one month before.
His statement also included an admission of guilt where he told the victim he would do her chores for her if she had sex with him.
The victim's statement said that Collums grabbed her pants leg and dragged her into the closet where he forced her to have sex with him.
Judge Kitchens sentenced Collums to serve 10 years day-for-day in the custody of MDOC with five years post-release supervision.
Upon his release, he must register as a sex offender and is prohibited from having any contact with his victim.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.