A man has been convicted of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint from a Gwinnett County Walmart parking lot and raping her, the district attorney’s office said.
Emmanuel Brandon Dupree, 23, was convicted of rape, kidnapping and aggravated sodomy on Oct. 19 after a four day trial.
The victim, a 24-year-old woman, was at a Walmart on Lawrenceville Suwanee Road around 11 p.m. getting cookie dough for her job as a nanny on Oct. 20, 2013. When she left the store and went to her car, Dupree grabbed her from behind and held a knife to her throat, the DA’s office said.
Dupree forced her into the car and drove behind a building. He repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim before driving off in her car, leaving her stranded, the DA’s office said.
Police aprehended Dupree eight days later. He had the victim’s car, and DNA from the crime matched Dupree’s DNA. The keys to the victim’s car were locked in Dupree’s hotel room and Dupree’s fingerprints were on the car, the DA’s office said.
Dupree initially told police that he had stolen the car, but not done anything else. Then, he said he offered the victim money for sex. In a 2016 trial which resulted in a mistrial, he said that he had known the victim for multiple years and that they had consensual sex.
The jury delivered a guilty verdict on all counts after an hour of deliberation. Judge Karen Beyers called Dupree a “monster” and sentenced him to two life sentences without the possibility of parole plus 20 years in prison. Most of the jurors stayed in the courtroom to watch sentencing and “tearfully embraced” the victim and her family after it concluded, according to the DA’s office.