Friday, 02 December 2016 17:02

Serial Rapist Convicted in Third Case

Deandrey Peterson Deandrey Peterson
MEMPHIS – A 28-year-old man already serving prison time for a previous rape conviction was convicted Friday of raping and robbing another woman at gunpoint two years ago, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
     A Criminal Court jury convicted Deandrey Peterson of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. He will be sentenced next month by Judge Paula Skahan.
    Peterson was convicted of entering the 22-year-old woman’s apartment in Raleigh around noon on Feb. 12, 2014, and then raping and robbing her. She said he also threatened to come back and kill her if she did not wait five minutes before moving from the bedroom.
     He is serving 30 years for one previous rape conviction and is awaiting sentencing on another conviction from earlier this year in the aggravated rape of a woman in her Raleigh apartment in March of 2014. Peterson also was convicted of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and handgun charges in that case.
     Peterson, who represented himself in trial, has two more rape cases pending. He clapped his hands Friday as the jury’s guilty verdicts were read.
     The case this week was handled by Carrie Shelton, former chief prosecutor of the of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU), and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Abby Wallace, a member of the 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.
    The investigation was led by the Memphis Police Department’s Sex Crimes Bureau and assisted by the Old Allen Precinct Task Force.