By MELINDA WILLIAMS
RADFORD – It took a Radford jury just three hours Friday to find a 35-year-old man guilty of raping a Pulaski County woman in January 2012.
According to Radford Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak, the nine-man, three-woman jury recommended a 10-year sentence for Shawn Emanuel Bonds after learning that his criminal background includes a 2011 sexual battery conviction, as well as burglary and grand larceny.
The victim was a guest at a college party when the rape occurred. She testified during the day-long trial that she fell asleep following a night of heavy drinking, then awakened to find Bonds sexually assaulting her.
James Smith, a detective with Radford City Police Department, was among the prosecution’s six witnesses, He said Bonds initially denied having sex with the victim, but later changed his story and claimed the sex was consensual. The defendant claimed the victim was awake.
The defense presented no evidence.
As a result of the 2011 convictions, Bonds was on probation at the time of the rape and now faces revocation of up to 18 years remaining on his initial 20-year sentence on those charges.
The identity of the rape victim is not being released due to the nature of the case.
Of Friday’s conviction, Rehak said, “Once again citizens were well-served by excellent police work. Credit must also be given to the courageous victim as well as jury members who diligently listened to the case, examined the evidence and followed the law.
“While consent defense rape cases are extremely hard to prove, I will continue to fight for the victims of sexual assault and let Radford jurors decide these difficult cases,” he added.