Randy Mitchell Special Correspondent
A Francis man was convicted of rape Tuesday.
Tony Wayne Taylor, 48, was convicted in Pontotoc County District Court of first-degree rape.
According to court documents, the rape occurred at a residence on County Road 1563 in June 2012. A woman filed a report with Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office two days later. She said Taylor raped her after she rejected his advances multiple times. She told authorities she was afraid of Taylor.
“(The victim) stated she would pull back trying to avoid being kissed and advised (Taylor) to stop,” Deputy Kevin Wood wrote in an affidavit in July 2012. “(She) stated that she was scared and that she was too scared to do anything because she had heard how crazy (Taylor) is from the past. (She) stated that (Taylor) had been to prison and she was scared he might hurt her.”
She said after saying no and stop many times, Taylor forced himself on her. Sheriff John Christian said upon learning the woman had reported the crime, Taylor went “into hiding.” Deputies, with help from U.S. Federal Marshals, located Taylor living in Seminole County in January 2013.
The jury deliberated for about four hours before coming back with a guilty verdict. The jury recommended Taylor spend 40 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison said Taylor has five prior felony convictions. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19, 2013, after the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing could be moved up if the presentence report is completed sooner. Whatever the sentence might be, Taylor must serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.