Assumption Parish man pleads guilty to raping woman at gunpoint

A man from Assumption Parish has been sentenced to serve more than two decades in prison after pleading guilty to raping a woman at gunpoint in 2019.

Dequan Stewart, 21, of Paincourtville, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to second-degree rape, prosecutors said.

After Stewart pleaded, State District Judge Jason Verdigets sentenced him to 23 years in prison with time served credit.

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State law defines second-degree rape as rape committed “when the victim is prevented from resisting the act by force or threats of physical violence in circumstances where the victim reasonably believes that such resistance would not prevent the rape”.

The negotiated plea resulted from an agreement Stewart reached with prosecutors, officials said.

The incident occurred on May 22, 2019, during a reported robbery near Napoleonville.

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Several individuals arranged to carry out a drug transaction, according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office. When the victims arrived, they were met by several armed individuals who led them at gunpoint into a structure, where they were robbed.

Authorities said at least one of the victims was also sexually assaulted at gunpoint. The victim was taken to hospital and given rape.

A DNA sample taken from the victim was identified as belonging to Stewart, prosecutors said.

Stewart was taken into custody and incarcerated in the Assumption Parish Jail.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle handled the prosecution.

– Editor Dan Copp can be reached at 448-7639 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp.

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