Charged with mobile rape, carjacker sentenced to 2 1/2 years for federal firearm
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A man charged with carjacking and rape will go to jail for 2½ years for a gun conviction, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.
Edward Lamont Pettway, 32, of Mobile, pleaded guilty in May to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. In accordance with the plea bargain, a judge dismissed the charges of carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime.
According to the written plea agreement, a mobile police officer spotted Pettway in a Toyota Scion on Jan. 31, 2020, after the mobile police department issued a “be on the lookout” alert for him following a report of kidnapping and rape. Pettway refused to stop the car, prompting a brief chase, according to the plea document.
Pettway admitted to hitting a ditch in front of the Parkway Animal Hospital on Dauphin Island Parkway and then hitting a wooded area. The police arrested him there. As he ran, Pettway threw a Taurus 9mm handgun to the ground. Police later found the gun and investigators compared the defendant’s trigger DNA.
Pettway was barred from carrying a firearm due to convictions in Mobile County for discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle or building in 2016.
Pettway still faces state charges related to the alleged rape. Those charges include first-degree rape, first-degree buggery, first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, and a firearms violation. This incident happened around 3am at Bayou Bend Apartments on Brill Road.
A man reported to police that the attacker showed a gun and took the 2008 Toyota Scion with his girlfriend still inside, and law enforcement alleges the accused raped her.
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