A Criminal Court jury convicted Deandrey Peterson, 28, of aggravated rape and aggravated burglary for the attack on a 30-year-old woman on Feb. 18, 2014, in the Abington Apartments in Raleigh.
He remains in custody and will be sentenced next month by Judge Paula Skahan. Peterson also has a sexual battery case pending.
According to testimony, Peterson raped the woman at gunpoint, took $20 from her purse and gave it back, and began texting and calling her after he left. The phone from which he was calling was stolen nine days earlier from another rape victim who lived in the same apartment complex.
His previous convictions include the rapes of three women in the Abington Apartments or elsewhere in the Raleigh area, all of them occurring within a few weeks of each other in 2014.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Carrie Shelton and Abby Wallace who have worked in the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit 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.