A Shreveport man convicted in Caddo District Court in March for several rapes was sentenced Tuesday, July 21, 2020, to life in prison.

For his conviction on a charge of aggravated rape, Pernell Antonio Raphiel Washington, 28, received the life sentence. In connection with a second conviction for third-degree rape, he was sentenced to 25 years at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence, to be served concurrently with the life sentence. In the event he ever is released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender.

Washington was found guilty as charged by the seven-woman, five-man jury in District Judge John D. Mosely Jr.’s courtroom March 13, 2020. The case was docket No. 358795.

The jury determined that Washington committed the offense of third-degree rape of a 14-year-old victim on March 22, 2017. The jury also determined that Washington committed an aggravated rape of a minor under the age of 13 on occasions between 2008 and 2013, from when the victim was 5 years old until she was 10.

Washington was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Treneisha Hill and Senae D. Hall. He was defended by Leslie Kelly.