Five Teens, One Man Face 1,300 Years in Prison
Waco, TX — Five teenagers attending Waco High School and one 20-year-old man may spend the rest of their lives in jail for the alleged attack and rape of a 15-year old girl. The men have already been arrested and indicted on a total of 91 counts, and if convicted, they could be sentenced up to 1,300 years each.
According to police, two of the teens (an 18-year old and a 19-year old) allegedly convinced the girl to cut school and “hang out” with them at one of their homes. Upon arrival, the girl reportedly did not know that four other men where also inside the home.
Then, one teenager allegedly took the girl to a bathroom and raped her, and afterwards the others took turns having sex with her in a bedroom. Next, they reportedly drove her back to school where she immediately reported the assault and was taken to a hospital and examined with a rape kit.
The men, Douglas Canada, 19; Da’Juan Degrate, 18; Devoric Javon Evans, 20; Lamont Tray Davis, 19; Day’tron Derrell Smith, 18; and Cory Darnell Hall, 18; all face more than 1,300 years in prison.
One reason why their sentences are so steep is because of a Texas law known as “acting in concert” which makes every person present at the scene of a crime responsible for the crime committed, even if they didn’t do anything.