Friday, 03 October 2014 15:29

Man Convicted in Rape, Robbery Case

Antonio Howard Antonio Howard SCSO
MEMPHIS – Oct. 3, 2014 A jury convicted a Memphis man on 12 counts of rape, robbery and assault in a 2011 attack involving three women victims by five men they had met earlier at a club, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Antonio Howard, 24, was one of five men involved in the incident in the early-morning hours of Oct. 16, 2011, in the 3000 block of Mt. Moriah Trails. Cases against the other four are still pending, including two who testified for the prosecution this week.
According to testimony, the men raped and robbed the women at gunpoint and one woman suffered a fractured eye socket when one of the men struck her with a pistol.
The Criminal Court jury convicted Howard of six counts of aggravated rape, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of especially aggravated robbery.
The charges carry punishment of more than 200 years in prison.
Howard will be sentenced later this month by Judge James Lammey Jr.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Abby Wallace and Josh Corman 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.