Dunbar Village Rape Defendants Sentenced To Life In Prison
Defendant's Younger Brother Has Emotional Outburst After Sentence Read
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Three defendants convicted in the gang-rape of a woman and her child at Dunbar Village in 2007 have been sentenced to life in prison.
A melee erupted after the sentences for Tommy Lee Poindexter, 20, Nathan Walker, who turned 19 Monday, and Jakaris Taylor, 17, were read.
Deputies cleared the courtroom and had to restrain Taylor's younger brother.
Jakaris Taylor's younger brother is restrained by deputies after his brother and two others were sentenced to life in prison.
The defendants raped and sodomized the mother, forced her and her son to have sex with each other and then doused the two victims with cleaning solutions in an attempt to destroy DNA evidence.
Testimony for Taylor, who was 15 at the time of the attack, has concluded. A mental health expert said he was raised by a loving family but needed intervention so he wouldn't succumb to violent peer pressure.
The expert testified that she found Taylor to be soft-spoken, polite and not aggressive. She said, though, that his age meant he was emotionally immature and likely had no thoughts about consequences of his actions.
Walker's mother and father took the stand to testify about his childhood. They said he was borderline mentally retarded, unable to read or write and held back from school repeatedly. His father admitted he was not a part of his son's life.
Residents of Dunbar Village don't seem to have much sympathy for them.
"It was wrong, so whatever the justice system comes up with, that's what it will be," said resident Torrey Futch.
It will be up to their attorneys to convince a judge they don't deserve to die in prison.
"He shouldn't be put away forever," said Walker's attorney, Robert Gershman. "Life means life and you will never, ever get out. That's not appropriate."
Gershman said his client didn't grow up in an ideal family life, saying his mother has mental health issues and his father has addiction issues.
The youngest defendant, Avion Lawson, who was 14 at the time of the attack, pleaded guilty and testified against the others during their trial.
Lawson will be sentenced at a later date.
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