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Man pleads guilty in 14-year-old rape case

Posted August 22, 2008 12:42 p.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2008 12:49 p.m. EDT

— 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."