Man gets 35 years for rape



Circuit Judge John Gargiulo on Wednesday sentenced Anthony Mercie Expose to 35 years day-for-day for the rape of a woman in Stone County.

The judge sentenced Expose immediately after a jury found him guilty in a two-day trial.

Expose, 29, claimed he had consensual sex with the woman, whom he’d known less than a week, said Assistant District Attorney Beth McFadyen.

Expose had been out of prison about two months on a residential burglary conviction when the woman was raped on March 28, 2009, McFadyen said. The Stone County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

McFadyen said the judge considered Expose’s criminal background during sentencing.

Expose has a prior sex-related conviction in Stone County and a pending rape charge in Pike County. McFadyen said the victim in the pending case is now a paraplegic. That victim was injured when Expose allegedly raped her and tried to run her over with a vehicle, McFadyen said.

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