Defendant Michael Richardson, who has several other rape trials pending, faces 15 to 25 years in prison with no parole when he is sentenced in June by Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter.
Richardson, 37, who is serving a 22-year sentence with no parole for a rape conviction two years ago, was convicted this week of aggravated rape in an attack that occurred on July 6, 2012.
Investigators said Richardson and an unidentified companion offered a woman a ride as she was walking home from a bus stop in 100-degree temperatures.She got in the car, but the men passed her house and Richardson got in the backseat where he punched her in the face and threatened to cut her throat if she did not perform oral sex on him.
After she complied, Richardson and the driver changed places and the victim was forced to perform sex on the unidentified assailant.
The victim then was driven to a remote area of Shelby County where she was forced out of the car, raped by Richardson and the other assailant and then left in a field.
She was helped by two motorists who saw her walking along Tennessee Highway 385 and Macon Road.
Richardson was identified through his DNA from the victim’s rape kit.
His DNA has linked him to several rapes that occurred in July, August and October of 2012.
In each case, the victim was picked up along Summer Avenue, raped and forced out of the car in rural East Shelby County.Two victims from cases not being tried this week were in the courtroom, but did not testify.
The case this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Josh Corman 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.