Defendant Stanley Lee Jefferson Jr., 35, was linked to the crime by DNA evidence and by the ankle monitor he was wearing that placed him at the woman’s address the evening of the attack on Sept. 7, 2015, in the area of Shelby Drive and Elvis Presley Blvd.
A Criminal Court jury convicted Jefferson of aggravated rape, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and theft of property over $1,000. He remains in custody and will be sentenced Dec. 6 by Judge Chris Craft.
According to testimony, at around 8 p.m. the 2015 date Jefferson forced his way into the woman’s home after telling her he was a sheriff’s deputy. He beat the 76-year-old woman until she was unconscious, then raped her, took her cellphone and stole her car.
The victim was unconscious in her home for some 36 hours before she was discovered. Jefferson was developed as a suspect and confessed to the attack when confronted with DNA evidence and GPS technology from his ankle monitor.
Jefferson, who has several prior felony convictions, was convicted in 2008 of aggravated sexual battery of a child and was placed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry as a violent offender against children.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Dru Carpenter and Jamie Kidd 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.