Kidnap, rape nets 30-year sentence

By LENA MITCHELL / NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Lyndal Joseph “Joe” Witt of Corinth was sentenced Monday to serve 30 years in prison for the August 2008 kidnap and rape of a Corinth woman.
Witt, 42, pleaded guilty last month to the charges and had two prior felony convictions.
Circuit Judge Jim Pounds imposed the sentence, which includes 20 years to serve day-for-day on the rape charge and 20 years for the kidnapping charge, with 10 years suspended. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
Witt also will have five years of post-release supervision, must register as a sex offender and is barred from any communication with the victim. He must pay $1,695 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund, a $1,000 fine and all court costs.
The victim did not wish to make a victim statement during the proceedings, said Assistant District Attorney Arch Bullard.
Witt was arrested Aug. 9, 2010, at his trailer on a business’s property. A female friend had gone by to take Witt a meal, Bullard said, and he prevented her leaving, assaulted and raped her.
The victim was able to secretly dial her father on her cell phone, although she couldn’t speak. She was, however, able to communicate the business location, and her parents came and saw her vehicle.
The victim’s parents summoned the police, who knocked on Witt’s door. While he was denying the victim’s presence in the trailer, she burst through the door draped in a quilt, and Witt was arrested and charged.
Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com