COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - District Judge Scott Gardner sentenced Alvin Davis, 57, of Slidell, as an habitual offender to life in prison Monday (Sept. 26) for raping a 21-year-old woman who was part of a traveling carnival in 2014. A St. Tammany Parish jury found Davis guilty of forcible rape in June.
In a hearing in Covington before the sentencing, Davis admitted that his criminal history dates back to 1974. His record includes 13 prior felony convictions and one misdemeanor conviction. Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Jerry Smith prosecuted the case, which had been dismissed earlier when the victim, who was living in the New England region, failed to appear for a hearing. District Attorney Warren Montgomery's prosecutors filed new charges and continued to pursue the case.
"The victim was understandably reluctant to return to the state of Louisiana," Montgomery said after the guilty verdict. "I'm very proud of our prosecutors and investigators, who went the extra mile to get her here and prove that this was a forcible rape. The jury saw through the attempts to blame the victim and cloud the facts. My office will continue to prosecute sexual predators to the fullest extent of the law."
The victim had gone to Davis's trailer with her boyfriend on Jan. 18, 2014, to buy marijuana, and the three of them—the victim, her boyfriend, and Davis—smoked together. When the boyfriend left to go to the store with two other men, Davis began making sexual advances towards the woman. She pushed him away, but he shoved her on the bed. When she tried to get up, he punched her in the face so hard that she fell to the floor. Davis then picked her up, pushed her on the bed and forcibly raped her. Afterwards, she left the trailer and walked to the trailer where she was staying. The victim later told her boyfriend and friends, who took her to the hospital.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office investigated the case and prosecutors say DNA evidence linked Davis to the victim.