Breaux Bridge man convicted of rape; receives 80 years - KLFY News 10

Breaux Bridge man convicted of rape; receives 80 years


Benton Frank Gray, a convicted rapist from St. Martin Parish will spend the rest of his life behind bars following a plea hearing on Tuesday.

Gray will be 108 years old when he's done serving his time—80 years. He's not up for parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Convicted of forcible rape, Gray was given 40 years; serving consecutively with his prior convictions from 1991.

"…Twenty years, which he's currently serving out of Jefferson Parish, for forcible rape and 20 years for molestation that arose from Jefferson Parish," says Cedars.

Chester Cedars, the prosecuting attorney in this case, describes Gray as "an animal."

This latest conviction stems from a forcible rape in 2012. Gray lured his female victim to a trailer in Breaux Bridge, tying her up with cords and wires.  He raped her for over nine hours. She finally escaped once he fell asleep.

"I'm happy for the victim. She can now put this matter behind her and move forward with her life. I'm pleased with the fact that he will never see the light of day again," says Cedars.

It was both the prosecution and defense that say the plea agreement was at the request of the victim.

"We were able to work out this plea with the good graces of the victim he could have easily gotten three life sentences," says Grays public defender, Craig Colwart.

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