NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A rape suspect accepted a plea deal the same day his trial was set to begin. According to District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office, Gary Jordan pleaded guilty Tuesday to forcible rape and kidnapping and was sentenced to the maximum of 40 years.
Jordan is accused of attacking the victim on the night of Nov. 11, 2008 as she was returning to her Algiers home. She was grabbed outside her home and dragged to an empty lot and raped. Investigators identified Jordan as a suspect, after the evidence was submitted to the State Police in 2011.
In a news release after the plea deal, District Attorney Cannizzaro said, "Now he will spend the next 40 years of his life in a place where he cannot hurt anymore innocent women. In all likelihood he will never again see the outside of a prison. I want to thank the victim in this case for sticking with us through what was a long process. I hope that this conviction can give her some small measure of closure."
Jordan is required to serve his full sentence without probation, parole or reduction for good time.