NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -A man who pleaded guilty last week to a 2006 rape and kidnapping has been sentenced, according to District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
Dennis Danell Whitseet, 43, was sentenced to 40 years on second-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping charges.
The sentences imposed by the judge are concurrent with several Whitsett is already serving in Michigan. Those charges stem from when he was incarcerated for seven convictions of rape, kidnapping and carjacking incidents, according to Canizzarro.
Whitsett was extradited to New Orleans in April following his indictment last Dec. 7 on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping.
Cannizzarro said Whitsett had been linked to the cold case through DNA evidence uncovered through the SAKI units (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office and the New Orleans Police Department.
According to the indictment, Whitsett jumped out of the back seat and forced a 21-year-old woman into a black sedan driven by another man near Carondelet Street and Jackson Avenue on April 29, 2006.
They drove the woman about two miles to a remote location near Earhart Boulevard and South Broad Street, where Whitsett punched, choked and raped her in the back seat around 5 p.m., according to the report.
The driver of the car has not been identified.
Whitsett’s victim appeared Monday in Zibilich’s courtroom to give an impact statement to the court.
Cannizzarro said the woman addressed Whitsett and said, “You took the beginning of my adulthood. .... You are a menace to society.” She added, “I hope you rot.”