A man pleaded guilty to this week to breaking into a church in DeKalb County and raping a woman. John Russell Carver, a 51-year old man, pleaded guilty to several charges: rape, armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and others. Carver used a knife to commit his crimes, leading Judge Asha Jackson to give him two life sentences, plus an additional 115 years in prison.
“This was an extremely violent and vicious act,” District Attorney Robert James said. “He brutally attacked and raped a woman in a local church. Hopefully this guilty plea will bring resolve for both the victim of this crime and the community affected by this monstrous act.”
On Saturday, February 26 of this year, Carver knocked on the door of the St. Timothy United Methodist Church and asked for help. A woman opened the door to help him. She was alone in the church, leading Carver to beat her, kick her in the head and rape her. The man stole the woman’s phone and later sold it at the Atlanta Underground.
He was connected to the crime with DNA evidence. He was already in jail on an unrelated charge.