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Man pleads guilty in 14-year-old rape case

Posted August 22, 2008

— A man who police say fled to Virginia after he raped a woman more than 14 years ago pleaded guilty Friday.

Danny Chavis, 45, received a 40-year sentence for second-degree sex offense, second-degree kidnapping and common law robbery.

Raleigh police's Fugitve Task Force found arrested Chavis in September 2006 in Richmond, Va., on charges of rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and a first-degree sex offense.

He was married and living under an assumed name of Robert Jones at the time, prosecutors said Friday.

The victim said during sentencing Friday that she and a male friend were walking from a convenience store near New Bern Ave. and Edenton Street on Jan. 4, 1994, when Chavis and another man, Christopher McLam, approached them. High on crack at the time, they told her friend to leave and then took her into the bushes and assaulted her, she said.

McLam was sentenced to life in prison in 1994.

The case was also the last to be resolved for lead detective Mike Mise, who is retiring this year after 28 years of service at the Raleigh Police Department.

"I'm very happy," he said. "You always want to know that when you work hard on these things that justice is going to prevail, and today it did."


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  • whatusay Aug 22, 2008

    After 14 years he is finally brought to justice, and a law officer who is retiring thinks he has had some part in solving this crims...I don't think so...If he knew something he should have solved this 14 years ago.

  • anneonymousone Aug 22, 2008

    Trust me; it has never gone away for her, beachboater.

  • iamforjustice Aug 22, 2008

    He doesn't look like a rapist or crack head. He actually looks like a nice gentleman. I wonder how the victim is doing. 14 years is not a long time in a situation like this. It takes a lot of time to heal.

  • beachboater Aug 22, 2008

    I wonder how the victim feels with all of this coming back after such a long time. Wow.

  • SuperNupe Aug 22, 2008

    "High on Crack"

    **long sigh** no further....

  • teacher-mom Aug 22, 2008

    I wonder how many other crimes he committed.

  • ccsloop Aug 22, 2008

    Good, some additional closure for the victim hopefully and a great way to end your career for the detective.

  • that was easy Aug 22, 2008

    Glad to see that justice was still served on this pathetic man 14 years later. What a disgrace to the male population.

  • ncweddingdj.com Aug 22, 2008

    These days there is an endless parade, one terrible crime after another, same picture. Can we just have a list instead? Somewhere on a back page....