Terrell E. Jackson, 44, was sentenced by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee in whose courtroom a jury took less than 30 minutes to find the defendant guilty on two counts of aggravated rape.
Jackson also will be on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and will be on the Community Supervision for Life upon completion of his sentence.
The incident occurred on Nov. 9, 1998, when a 22-year-old woman was attacked as she was unlocking the door to her apartment in the 4300 block of Knight Arnold in southeast Memphis.
She felt a cold metal object pressed to her back, and her assailant threatened to shoot her if she did not cooperate. She said the man forced her into the apartment, covered her head with a blanket and raped her.
A sexual assault kit was taken and preserved. In November of 2014 the kit was processed and an unidentified DNA profile was developed and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) where it was monitored for a match. Five months later the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified Jackson as a CODIS match.
Jackson had moved to New Orleans where he was on the Louisiana Sex Offender Registry because of a previous aggravated rape conviction in Tennessee.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Dru Carpenter and Cavett Ostner 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.