Judge: Convicted Rapist "a Predator" Who "Should Never Be Free" - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

10/12/06

Judge: Convicted Rapist "a Predator" Who "Should Never Be Free"

Ron Young in court today. Ron Young in court today.

A jury has convicted serial rapist Ron Young of raping four women and sexually assaulting a fifth in Chatham County in 2004. Jurors deliberated just over an hour and convicted Young on all 31 counts.

Young kidnapped women at gunpoint, forced them to secluded spots, made them undress and raped them.

Young was led into the courtroom to hear the verdict at 3pm. It was a packed room, filled with the victims, their families, Young's family and sheriff's deputies and court staff.

Everyone held their breath as Judge Louisa Abbot began reading the jury's verdict.

"Count one of the indictment rape, we the jury find the defendant Ron Oneil Young guilty," she read. "Count two, kidnapping with bodily injury, we the jury find the defendant Ron Oneil Young guilty. Count three, aggravated sexual battery, we the jury find the defendant Ron Oneil Young guilty."

Right after the verdict, Judge Abbot sentenced Young to 130 years in prison without the possibility of parole, and another 25 years for weapons charges.

The judge said she wanted to make sure Young is never free again and she had very powerful words for him before he left the courtroom.

"It is the intent of this court that you live the rest of your life in prison without the possibility of release as you are a predator and you should never be free to prey on women again anywhere," Judge Abbot said. "The enormity of the horror you have visited on these victims and their families cannot be measured in years. I intend to be absolutely sure and have the community and victims be absolutely sure that you will never be free again in this community or in any other community."

Deputies took Young back to his cell at the Chatham County jail where he will stay until he's assigned to a state prison.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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