Teen found guilty on 23 charges, faces life sentence
by Jessica Loeding
Nov 17, 2012 | 2650 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A jury Friday took less than three hours to return a verdict in the case of Jerry Jerome Kilgore, 18, who had been accused of a 2011 rape.

Following closing arguments Friday morning, the jury deliberated about two and a half hours before returning a guilty verdict on all 23 charges before them.

Kilgore was charged with four counts of burglary, rape, three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of robbery by intimidation, three counts of aggravated assault, theft by taking, theft, entering motor vehicle to commit theft, attempted robbery by force, simple battery, criminal trespass, attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery and cruelty to children in the first degree. A 24th charge — entering motor vehicle to commit felony sexual assault — was dismissed Thursday after the defense argued the evidence did not support the charge.

Kilgore, who was 17 in July and August of 2011, entered the home of a woman July 14, 2011, raping and robbing her. He entered the SUV of a Cartersville woman on Aug. 5, 2011, at Pine Grove Church during an attempted robbery. On Aug. 9, 2011, he entered the home of a woman demanding money. He threatened to rape her when she said she didn’t have any money and began stabbing her in the arm. The woman and her daughter were able to escape.

Assistant District Attorney Rosemary Greene said the state was pleased with jury’s verdict.

“We’re very happy that the jury weighed all the evidence — it was a lot to hear, a lot of testimony, a lot of pieces of evidence to consider — and that they reached a verdict that provided closure for all the victims in the case,” she said.

Kilgore will be sentenced Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. He had turned down a previous plea deal and faces a life sentence.

“Our recommendation at this point would be a life-plus sentence. He’s looking at life plus probably around a hundred years,” Greene said.