Rape suspect who triggered multi-state manhunt convicted

Rape suspect who triggered multi-state manhunt convicted

WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Washington Parish jury convicted a man Wednesday for attempted murder, aggravated rape and other charges.

Prosecutors said in October 2011, 40-year-old Kaunda Lopaz Magee forced his way into an 18-year-old man's home in Pine, La. He tied the man up, stole guns, televisions and other electronics, raped the man and then forced him into a closet and threatened to kill him if he came out. Magee then fled in the victim's truck.

The victim managed to untie himself and call the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. When State Police spotted the truck and started following it, Magee opened fire on the officers and led them on a chase that wound through Tangipahoa Parish and into Mississippi. Magee eventually crashed the truck and ran toward a wooded area.

The hunt for Magee drew national attention. Neighbors were warned that Magee was armed and dangerous. Troopers combed the woods of Mississippi and Louisiana. Eventually, a resident of Osyka, Miss., shot Magee in self-defense and troopers were able to arrest him.

The jury deliberated for just over two hours before returning guilty verdicts for aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, theft of a vehicle over $1,500, aggravated flight, three counts of attempted manslaughter, and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

Magee faces an automatic life sentence on the aggravated rape and kidnapping charges. A judge will sentence him on Feb. 5.

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