Convicted rapist faces up to 90 years; faces 2 more trials

October 7, 2018

La PORTE — Convicted rapist Justin Adney faces up to 90 years in prison when he is sentenced in November, and also faces another trial for allegedly harassing the victim after being charged with raping her.

Adney, 37, faces up to 90.5 years in prison after a jury convicted him in August of beating, strangling and raping a 39-year-old woman while she was physically restrained inside his Westville home on May 5, 2015.

Two months after being charged with rape, Adney was arrested again and charged with violating the protective order that prohibited him from contacting the victim.

A police report says he sent her a Facebook message in July 2015 saying, “So this is how it’s going to be?” As a result, he was charged with misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

That case is pending in La Porte Superior Court 3, according to an online court database.

Adney was arrested again in July of this year on a felony domestic battery charge against a different woman and could face a third trial over that case.

His 53-year-old girlfriend told police Adney battered her after she accused him of killing her dog.

That case is tracking with the rape case in Circuit Court, where Judge Thomas Alevizos will decide whether to dismiss the charge or pursue it in addition to the rape sentence.

The criminal charges for which Adney is to be sentenced next month include rape – a Level 1 felony carrying a sentencing range of 20-40 years; three Level 3 felony rape counts, each punishable by up to 16 years; and a felony strangulation charge, which carries up to 2.5 years.

After deliberating for approximately four hours, the jury convicted Adney on all five counts.

Sentencing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 21 in La Porte Circuit Court.

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