VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach man was sentenced to spend life in prison plus 30 years in a cold case rape and assault from 1999.
According to Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, 32-year-old Devinche Javon Albritton was found guilty by a jury Wednesday on rape and abduction charges with intent to defile.
According to evidence, Albritton approached a 17-year-old woman walking along Virginia Beach Boulevard to her car on the morning of Sept. 6, 1999. He asked the woman for a cigarette, then put a knife against her stomach, his arm around her neck, and forced her to a wooded area where he raped her at knifepoint.
Albritton then asked for her ID card which she showed him. He asked her to say her address, and he repeated it, saying he would find her if she told anyone about the attack.
She then walked back to her workplace where she contacted police. Albritton was not identified as the attacker until 2010 when evidence was resent to the lab for testing.
Albritton was already in prison, serving an 18-year sentence for other rape and abduction charges, also stemming from a 1999 incident.
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