SPARTANBURG MAN RECEIVES 25-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR RAPE CONVICTION
A Spartanburg man received a 25-year prison sentence today after he admitted to sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman at gunpoint.
Kenton O. Elmore, 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct before Circuit Judge Mark Hayes.
The attack occurred about midnight on April 17, 2001 at a Vanderbilt Lane apartment complex. The victim, a local college student, described the incident in detail for Spartanburg police investigators. She said he pointed a handgun at her and cocked the weapon at one point during the crime.
Elmore fled the crime scene at the conclusion of the attack and the victim called 911. The victim received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Elmore was connected to the crime in 2006 when a DNA sample collected from the victim matched a sample that he had on file with a law enforcement database, according to Assistant Solicitor Cindy Crick.
Elmore was serving a prison sentence on an unrelated case when his sample was collected, Crick said.
When police visited Elmore at the Kershaw Correctional Institute in Lancaster County, he acknowledged sexual assault and he apologized. He said he was under the influence of alcohol and a mix of illegal drugs when the crime occurred.
Elmore will serve 85 percent of the sex crime prison sentence before he is eligible for release. He will also have his name added to the sex offender registry.
Elmore’s criminal history includes prior convictions for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and armed robbery.