MEMPHIS – May 19, 2016 - A convicted sex offender accused of raping a Cordova woman while on probation and still wearing an ankle monitor has been convicted by a jury that needed just 10 minutes of deliberation, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.The Criminal Court jury returned guilty verdicts Wednesday against defendant Donald Gwin II for aggravated rape, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.
Gwin, 22, will be sentenced June 20 by Judge Bobby Carter.
The incident occurred on Aug. 28, 2014, in the 8200 block of Country Squire when a 28-year-old woman walked into her apartment with groceries and was followed by a man with a knife later identified as Gwin.
He locked the door, raped her, choked her and threatened to kill her family if she notified police. The woman said Gwin tried to further intimidate her by pointing to a GPS monitor on his ankle from a previous criminal conviction.
Before leaving, she said, Gwin stole her phone, credit cards and purse containing various items. The woman identified Gwin from a photospread and DNA collected from the crime scene also later identified him as the assailant.
He had her yellow cellphone in his pocket when he was arrested the following day.
Gwin was placed on probation in 2014 after pleading guilty to sexual battery in another case.
The case this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Abby Wallace and Cavett Ostner of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.