A man convicted of attacking and raping a woman in Cobb County when she tried to end their relationship will spend the remainder of his life behind bars.
A Cobb County trial jury on Wednesday convicted Shain Alexander Martin, 41, on rape, battery, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual battery and theft charges stemming from the February 2017 attack, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard II sentenced Martin, of Atlanta, on Thursday to life in prison without parole, plus 20 years on probation.
The District Attorney’s Office said Martin and the victim knew each other for three months and over the course of the relationship, he became controlling and violent when she “expressed needing space from him.”
Prosecutors said Martin previously attacked the woman, and kept her inside her home for days because he believed she was dating other people.
According to the DA’s office, the two were in an apartment on Windy Hill Road on Feb. 20, 2017, when Martin grabbed a knife, held it to the woman’s throat and threatened to kill her and himself.
Martin brutally attacked the woman at knife point for several hours, prosecutors charged. The woman, who tried to record a video of the assault on her laptop, was able to escape when Martin tried to turn off her the computer. She called Cobb police, and Martin was quickly arrested.
While in jail, Martin called the woman, telling her not to attend court proceedings. He also told her that he “committed the act because she was pulling away, telling her that your body is mine,” the DA’s office said.
Leonard sentenced Martin as a recidivist, as he had prior convictions for entering auto, robbery, drug and theft charges in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties.
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