A Shreveport man who forced an 11-year-old victim to perform oral and anal sex three years ago was convicted in Caddo District Court Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Jerald Dewayne Smith, 26, was found guilty as charged of first-degree rape in District Judge Chris Victory’s court. The seven-woman, five-man jury’s verdict was unanimous.
In addition to the sexual attacks that occurred May 28, 2018, Smith also threatened the child with a handgun. DNA evidence considered by the jury also confirmed the assault.
When Smith returns to Judge Victory’s court July 19, 2021, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Smith was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kodie K. Smith and William Gaskins. He was defended by Michael Enright and Dave Knadler.