August 11, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Kirby Shavers was sentenced in Rankin County Circuit Court by Judge William Chapman, III for raping an elderly woman, kidnapping, burglary, grand larceny and aggravated assault to 82 years.
Guest stated, “This is one of the most heinous crimes I have ever prosecuted. The defendant broke in and robbed, assaulted, and raped a 73 year old lady. If anyone deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail it is Kirby Shavers.”
Guest added, “Although the physical and emotional scars the victim suffered will take years to heal, I hope today’s sentence will help her bring closure to this crime. Due to her bravery, and the outstanding work of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department we were able to make our streets safer today. The Judge, by sentencing Shavers to serve 82 years, assures the public that Shavers will never be able to harm anyone else. ”
In August 2007, Shavers entered the victim’s home through a window, placed a knife to her grandson’s throat, bound his hands and feet with cords and placed a pillow case over his eyes and mouth. Shavers then entered an elderly women’s room where he repeatedly raped and beat her. Shavers also stole money, a rifle and the victim’s car.
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene of the crime where a comprehensive investigation began. Investigators interviewed the victims and collected physical evidence that included a rape kit. The victims were able to give law enforcement officials a description of the man who had committed the crimes that included the clothing he was wearing when he entered the home.
Later that evening, the Jackson Police Department contacted the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department to inform them that the stolen car had been found. Two eyewitnesses indentified Shavers as the person who abandoned the car. The shirt Shavers was wearing was recovered on the ground outside of the car. The shirt had the name Kirby Shavers sown on the inside of the shirt. The victim’s grandson was able to identify the clothing as Shavers’ and also picked him out of a photo lineup.
At the time of his arrest Shavers had the key to the victim’s car in his pocket. Blood was drawn from the defendant pursuant to a search warrant to compare to DNA samples obtained from the rape kit. DNA confirmed that Shavers raped the elderly woman. DNA also confirmed that blood found on the inside zipper area of Shavers’ pants was the victim’s.
Prior to this case, Shavers was previously convicted of grand larceny in 1982 and escape in 1988.