A Bastrop man was sentenced to life in prison following his conviction for aggravated rape.
Kenneth Mitchell, 44, of Bastrop was arrested Aug. 9, 2012 on charges of aggravated rape and cruelty to the infirm by officers with the Bastrop Police Department following a complaint stating that he had committed rape against a victim with diminished capacities.
Upon his arrest, bond was set at $150,000 on the rape charge and at $50,000 on the cruelty to the infirm charge. Since his arrest, Mitchell has been housed at the Morehouse Parish Jail.
Mitchell was convicted on both charges in August and appeared before 4th District Judge Stephens Winters on Nov. 7. Winters sentenced Mitchell to life on the rape charge and 10 years on the cruelty to the infirm charge.
Also receiving sentencing was Tysman Moore, 19, of Bastrop for armed robbery.
Moore was arrested in July of this year after forcing his way into a residence with a second suspect, beating the resident and taking an undetermined amount of money. Witnesses to the home invasion called 911 and officers were able to arrive in the area rapidly enough to see Moore and the second suspect fleeing on foot. Moore were apprehended and taken into custody and charged with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer. In a plea agreement, he pled guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to 20 years at hard labor by Judge Winters.