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Decatur man gets 22-year prison sentence for rape and assault
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Decatur man gets 22-year prison sentence for rape and assault

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DECATUR — As he was led away to start a 22-year sentence for inflicting rape and a savage attack on his girlfriend, Decatur man Lamont D. Wright insisted he was innocent and a victim of a broken legal system.

In a long and bitter statement at his sentencing Tuesday, the 32-year-old Wright told Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers everything was against him. He said the jury that convicted him Sept. 25 had made a mistake and was biased with too many female jurists. And Wright said his lawyer, Lars Dunn, hadn’t worked hard enough to save him.

Wright also poured scorn on the 36-year-old girlfriend he was convicted in September of raping, strangling and breaking one of her fingers. “I say shame on you for your lies, shame on you for taking away my name as a father and shame on you for lying under oath. God knows the truth, and so do I.”

His victim had her chance to speak at the sentencing, too, condemning Wright as a cruel monster who made her life a living hell for the 3½ years of a relationship that saw her endure repeated beatings and assaults.

“When I first met you, you pretended to be everything I wanted and needed. I thought you were the proverbial Mr. Right,” she said. “Little did I know there was a sick, twisted evil being behind the facade.”

Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz pressed for Wright to get a potential maximum sentence of 44 years. She said the night-long ordeal of rape, strangling and beating he had subjected his girlfriend to on Aug. 2, 2018, had been the culmination of a rising tide of violence from a paranoid man convinced the victim was seeing other men.

“And for some reason that night this defendant took it to a whole new level when he choked her to the point she started to not breathe, and he broke her finger and beat her so severely she was purple from head to toe,” said Kurtz.

The prosecutor also played two recorded phone calls Wright made from jail where he says “Kill, kill” in messages left where his girlfriend worked. Kurtz said everything about Wright’s character suggested he was likely to commit more crimes.

Defending, Dunn pleaded for mercy and suggested a 15-year sentence. He said Wright had a history that suggested he suffered from untreated mental illness.

Bowers then sentenced Wright to 15 years on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault, to be served at 85 percent, and ordered him to register for life as a sex offender. She also sentenced him to 7 years on a charge of aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation, that sentence to run consecutive to the 15-year sentence.

Wright also was sentenced to 7 years on another aggravated domestic battery charge involving the broken finger, and three years each on two further domestic battery convictions. All three of these sentences were ordered to run concurrently with each other and the sentence imposed for strangulation.


Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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