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Victim's advocate on trial, sentencing of Torrey Scott

Torrey Scott was sentenced Friday to four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. (Source: WTOC) Torrey Scott was sentenced Friday to four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. (Source: WTOC)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Now that the trial of Torrey Scott is over, we're talking with one of the victim's advocates who sat through the proceedings all twelve days, about the toll a trial can take on the victims.

Scott was found guilty on all 28 felony counts he faced, from felony and malice murder to rape, all connected to three separate crimes.

Like the lead prosecutor said in his closing arguments, Scott's victims and their families were forced to relieve some extremely painful moments. But all that testimony ultimately led a jury to convict Scott, who was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Kesha Gibson-Carter is the executive director of the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire, and actually responded to the hospital the night the two Savannah State University students were raped and robbed by Torrey Scott. She sat in the courtroom with the victims and their families for the entire trial.

"Being there and seeing, and feeling that pain alongside them. Seeing how these crimes impacted the lives of not just them, but their parents as well," said Gibson-Carter.

The following is a portion of one of the Savannah State victim's impact statements.  She read it to Torrey Scott following the guilty verdict.

"You ambush and attack women, who are smaller and weaker than you. You are the true definition of a coward."

Gibson-Carter said she is pleased with the end result, for the sake of the victims, and said this about the work put in by the Chatham County District Attorney's Office to get the convictions.

Gibson-Carter said, "The evidence in this case, as it was presented, ultimately resulted in adequate and sufficient prosecution that we are so very proud of."

Over the course of the trial, jurors learned one catalyst that pointed law enforcement to Scott in the first place was the DNA hit from the rape kit performed on the Savannah State victim, but that didn't happen until about three months after the attack.

Gibson-Carter said she is encouraged by some current proposed legislation that will require police to submit the evidence collected in rape kits to the GBI for analysis within 30 days.

"I think with mandates like that, coupled with our advocacy here at the Rape Crisis Center and collaborative partners really going forth with due diligence, I'm encouraged that the future will be better for victims," said Gibson-Carter.

Lisa Pynn was raped and murdered by Scott.  Her husband, who was deployed to Afghanistan at the time of the murder, also offered a victim's impact statement in court Friday following the verdict, saying in part that Scott destroyed the family he was building with Lisa.
The other Savannah State case victim, and the nurse from the Candler parking lot, had written statements read aloud on their behalf.

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