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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Crossville Man Sentenced to 47 Years in Prison for Horrific Assault and Kidnapping During Violent Crime Ordeal

One Victim Repeatedly Raped and Assaulted Before Law Enforcement Rescue

Douglas M. Davis, 46, of Crossville, Tenn., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 47 years in prison, for crimes committed in October 2014 during a two-day violent crime spree, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Davis pleaded guilty in January 2016 to kidnapping; transportation of a stolen vehicle in interstate commerce; being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

During the January plea hearing before Chief U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp, Davis admitted that on October 2, 2014, he was visiting two friends at a house in Crossville, Tenn., when he produced a semi-automatic handgun and forced the female friend to restrain the male friend with duct tape. After securing the man’s hands and feet, Davis forced the woman to help drag the man into the bathroom, where he was left bound and secured. Davis admitted that he then forced the woman to engage in various sex acts and then beat her and raped her.

After raping the woman, Davis admitted that he took $50 from the man’s wallet and assaulted him and left him duct taped in the bathroom. Davis then forced the woman into the man’s car and subsequently drove to a remote location in Hardin County, Kentucky, where he abandoned the stolen car. Davis then forced the victim into a wooded area and raped her repeatedly.  Davis raped the victim again in Bullitt County, Kentucky and again at an unknown location.

On October 4, 2014, law enforcement officers located Davis and the female victim hiding behind a trash dumpster at a Pilot gas station in Lebanon Junction, Kentucky. At the time of his arrest, Davis was in possession of a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Davis told law enforcement officers that he had been in love with the victim since he first met her and that he had planned on releasing her and committing suicide. 

Davis had previously been convicted of felony burglary in the State of Florida. 

In sentencing Davis, Chief Judge Sharp characterized Davis as a predator and noted that the sentence the Court imposed needed to reflect the seriousness of the crimes and also serve as a deterrent.

This case was investigated by the FBI; the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department; the Kentucky State Police; the Hardin County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department; and the Bullitt County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Lynne T. Ingram prosecuted the case.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated June 30, 2016