Man sentenced to 25 years in kidnapping, rape of Frayser woman, DA says

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A man convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting a woman in Frayser as she was returning home from work has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to a release from Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

In March of this year, a Criminal Court jury deliberated only 10 minutes before convicting Michael M. Cook Jr., 28, on one count of Aggravated Rape and two counts of Aggravated Kidnapping.

The victim said Cook abducted her in the driveway of her home around 6 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2017.

He showed her a gun on his hip and forced her to accompany him to a nearby vacant house.

There, he raped her and put a gun to her head, the DA said.

Cook told her to count to 200 before she moved, or he would come back and kill her.

Hours later, Memphis police recovered a car near the crime scene that had been stolen a block from Cook’s home.

Inside the car they found items the victim described her rapist wearing, including a black ski mask, a black thermal hoodie and black jeans.

According to the DA, a condom was also found in the car that showed a positive match for both the victim and Cook’s DNA.

Cook’s sentence is without parole, the DA said.

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