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Defendant Nailed by DNA

Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the conviction of Sheldon Gresham in the case of The State v. Sheldon Gresham for the rape of an Atlanta woman.  Gresham was convicted of Rape, Aggravated Assault with Intent to Rape, Kidnapping with Bodily Injury, and False Imprisonment.  Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville sentenced Gresham to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On July 25, 2014 the victim was walking home on Metropolitan Avenue with her cousin around 2:30 a.m. when they were approached by Gresham.  Gresham offered to walk the women home and they accepted.  Once they arrived home, Gresham asked the victim to walk him home.  The victim walked him to a street corner and when she refused to walk him any farther, Gresham pulled out a knife and threatened to harm the victim if she did not continue to walk with him.  Gresham forced the victim into an abandoned house located on Thorton St. S.W. and forced her to remove her clothes.  Gresham then raped the victim as she cried.  The victim begged Gresham to allow her to have some air and as Gresham opened a door, the victim jumped out of a window still naked from his assault.  The victim ran to a neighboring home and banged on the door until the owner let her in.  The neighbors provided her with clothing and drove her home.  The victim led the police to the abandoned home where the rape took place and her clothing was found.  DNA testing came back with Gresham as a match after the victim was treated and evidence collected at Grady Hospital.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Daysha Young with assistance from Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Travis and Investigator Andrea Flagg of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective Egbert of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.

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