February 2, 2012
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Rumond McNair received a 35-year sentence, following a two-day trial, for raping a woman last year. Ten years of his sentence will be suspended and he will serve the remaining 25 years day-for-day without the possibility of parole. Upon his release from custody, McNair must register as sexual offender and remain on supervised probation for five years.
On Sunday evening February 20, 2011, the victim, an adult female, was walking across the property of Pelahatchie High School when McNair approached her stating that she had dropped something behind the buses. The victim walked back to the location to look for the alleged item. After she could not find anything, McNair approached her for a second time and pointed a gun to her neck. She was then raped at gunpoint.
Following the rape, she ran to her friend’s house carrying only a shoe and her jeans. She later returned home without reporting the rape to law enforcement. The Pelahatchie Police Department became aware of the rape the following week. Chief Glenda Shoemaker went to the victim’s home and the victim broke down while relating the details of the rape.
During the investigation, it was determined that McNair was the perpetrator and he was arrested. McNair was interviewed and his account of what occurred that night changed several times. McNair finally admitted to engaging in sex intercourse with the victim but stated it was consensual. Law enforcement agents were able to obtain DNA samples from the clothing worn by the victim that proved McNair was the rapist.
Guest stated, “Rape is one of the most emotionally intrusive crimes that exist, and with the verdict of guilty returned by the jury, along with the strong sentence imposed, we hope that this will begin to bring closure to the victim and her family. The victim has already demonstrated the utmost courage after being attacked while walking to a friend’s house. Hopefully she can once again begin to feel safe knowing that McNair now will remain in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.”
Guest concluded, “The Pelahatchie Police Department did an outstanding job that resulted in a dangerous individual being removed from our streets. The Police Department first learned of the rape while they were investigating a convenience store robbery in which McNair was a suspect. After learning of the sexual assault, law enforcement contacted the victim and they were able to convince the victim to come forward to prevent others from being victimized by the defendant.”