A Baton Rouge man tried in Caddo District Court this week faces a life sentence and then some, after the jury unanimously found him guilty as charged on all of five separate sex crime charges Friday, May 7, 2021.
Gentry Elvridge Vinson, 52, faces mandatory life sentences, each to be served at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
The three-man, nine-woman jury in District Judge John D. Mosely Jr.’s courtroom found Vinson guilty of two counts of aggravated rape, each relating to criminal acts committed in 1997 and 1999, when he raped two juvenile relatives, both under age 12 at the time. The other charges were aggravated incest and two counts of molestation of a juvenile, a continuum from acts committed from 2000 to 2003 on one of the victims. The victim endured sexual abuse from Vinson until she was 19.
In addition to the life sentences for the rapes, Vinson faces additional time for convictions on the other charges.
For aggravated incest, he faces a prison term, with or without hard labor, of five to 20 years, as well as a fine of up to $50,000. For the molestation convictions, he faces five to 15 years, with or without hard labor, with the first five years to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. He also faces a fine of up to $10,000. After five years have been served, he may be eligible for parole if a licensed psychologist or a licensed clinical social worker or a board-certified psychiatrist, after psychological examination, including testing, approves. he will not be eligible to have his conviction set aside or his prosecution dismissed in accordance with Code of Criminal Procedure Article 893.
Vinson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Mekisha Smith Creal and Senae D. Hall. He was defended by Mary Harried and Alison Melton.
His next appearance before Judge Mosely will be June 28, 2021.