Ronald McKinney, who has a lengthy criminal record, was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and aggravated robbery.
He was scheduled to go to trial this week before Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
An investigation showed that on Dec. 23, 2016, McKinney followed a woman through a Kroger store at Poplar and Cleveland, followed her out the door and abducted her in the parking lot as she was getting into her car.
He drove her to various points in the city, forced her to withdraw money from an ATM machine and sexually assaulted her several times. He took her to a home on Whitney Road in Frayser where she managed to escape briefly before McKinney recaptured her, beat her and forced her back into her car and drove off.
Neighbors notified police who spotted the vehicle, captured McKinney and rescued the victim after a short chase that ended with him crashing.
The case was handled by Chief Prosecutor Eric Christensen and Asst. Dist. Atty. Dru Carpener of the DA’s Special Victims 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.