A Criminal Court jury convicted Larreal Germaine Brown, 36, of Bartlett, and Randall Blake Rowland, 24, of Memphis, on six felony counts, including especially aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault-acting in concert.
They are being held without bond and face lengthy prison sentences when they are sentenced Aug. 16 by Judge Lee Coffee. Two other defendants are awaiting trial.
The incident began on Aug. 29, 2016, in the area of Summer and Sycamore View when the 21-year-old victim was approached by four men who put a bag over his head and a rope around his neck. He said they forced him into a vehicle, kicked him and told him they would not kill him if he told them where the dope was, referring to methamphetamine.
The victim said the men took him to a nearby house, hogtied him, removed his clothes and took turns raping him with a wooden stick.
He said he was burned with a hot flat iron, burned in his private area with a lighter, burned on his foot with scalding water, struck with a bat and cut on the throat with a knife. The victim said he then was placed in a bathtub with bleach and that one of the men used a power drill on his hand.
The torture went on for hours until the next day when his assailants drove him to an area of northeast Memphis and put him out on a gravel road. A woman motorist who saw him in distress picked him up and took him to a hospital where he was admitted in critical condition with numerous injuries, including broken bones, cuts, swelling and burns.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Austin Scofield and Leslie Fouche of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit which incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood, GunDone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.