September 4, 2013 9:52:31 AM
Sarah Fowler - firstname.lastname@example.org
A Lowndes County man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison after pleading to sexual battery and armed robbery.
Myron Sewell, 24, appeared before Judge Lee Howard in Lowndes County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to the January 2012 rape and robbery of a woman at a Double S Laundry on Main Street. He was sentenced to 30 years for the sexual battery charge and 45 years for the armed robbery with 15 suspended. The sentences will run concurrent, or at the same time.
Sewell also received five years post release supervision.
Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Clemons said the state had evidence proving Sewell raped and robbed a woman at gunpoint. The prosecutor said Sewell entered the landromat, brandished a weapon and demanded money from a young woman. The woman gave Sewell her phone but told him she didn't have any money. Sewell replied, "Well you're going to give me something," according to Clemons.
Sewell then dragged the woman by her hair into the laundromat bathroom where he made her perform oral sex on him while holding a gun to her head. Sewell then raped the woman before fleeing the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital where a rape kit was taken and her attacker's DNA was obtained. DNA was also obtained from the bathroom. Sewell was arrested less than 24 hours after the incident. His DNA matched DNA from the scene and the rape kit, Clemons said.
Sewell was also charged with kidnapping but that count was retired to the files as part of his plea agreement.
During his sentencing, Sewell's victim sat in the courtroom clutching a Kleenex and wiping her eyes. Several court bailiffs checked on the young woman who said "I'm OK. I'm OK."
Sewell did not look at her as he exited the courtroom.
He is also charged with capital murder in the September 2011 shooting death of William Lavelle Vaughn. Law enforcement alleges Sewell shot and killed Vaughn while committing a robbery. Sewell is in the custody of the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center awaiting trial for that charge.
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