Guilty plea in 21-year-old Pascagoula rape case

Published 2:51 pm Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Pascagoula man has pleaded guilty to rape and burglary charges in 1990 case involving a 15-year-old girl.

Lester Jerome Selmon entered the plea Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Selmon broke into a Pascagoula apartment on May 30, 1990 and raped the girl. Selmon was arrested in 2009 after DNA matched him to the crime.

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A judge sentenced Selmon to a total of 50 years in prison on both charges, with 12 years to serve day for day and 10 years post-release supervision to run concurrently. Selmon was ordered to register as a sex offender.

Selmon told the judge he was under the influence of alcohol when he broke in through a bedroom window, crawled inside the then 15-year-old’s room and raped her at knifepoint.