Man pleads guilty to rape of woman on GCSU campus, sentenced to 30 years
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ga. -- Jarvis Lawrence must serve 30 years in prison for the February sexual assault of a woman on Georgia College's campus.
According to the indictment from the Baldwin County Superior Court, Lawrence pleaded guilty to six counts on Tuesday: rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
District Attorney Stephen Bradley said that the trial began on Monday, but on Tuesday the parties reached a settlement for his guilty plea to avoid the victim having to testify.
Bradley said that Lawrence was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
The indictment states that Lawrence, then 20, assaulted a woman on Feb. 25.
In February, a representative with Georgia College and State University accused Lawrence of holding the victim at gunpoint and sexually assaulting her behind Bell Hall between 2:30 and 3 a.m.
Warrants were issued for Lawrence's arrest on Feb. 27 after he was identified in surveillance video as a suspect.
He was arrested on March 2.
The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, the Milledgeville Police Department, the Georgia Department of Probation and Parole and the U.S. Marshall’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted Georgia College Public Safety with the arrest.
Neither Lawrence nor the victim were students at Georgia College.
Lawrence was convicted for felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in Jan. 2015, according to the indictment.