Rape convict receives 20-year sentence

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A Nash County teen will spend more than two decades behind bars after prosecutors say he raped a woman in October 2017.

A Wilson County jury found 18-year-old Jalen Tiwayne Brake guilty of first-degree forcible rape and second-degree sexual offense last week in Superior Court, according to a release from the 8th Prosecutorial District of the N.C. District Attorney’s Office.

It took jurors an hour to render their guilty verdicts in the case, according to officials.

Pitt County Superior Court Judge Marvin K. Blount sentenced Brake to 20 to 29 years in prison. Upon his release, Brake will be required to register as a sex offender for life and will be subject to GPS monitoring.

At trial, the state presented evidence that Brake and the victim were both attending a “trail ride” event on Oct. 7, 2017 on Sullivan Road near the Buckhorn Reservoir, according to a release and court documents.

“Around midnight, they walked to a secluded area away from the dance floor,” the release stated. “After the victim rejected Brake’s sexual advances, he became violent, beating her repeatedly about the face with his fists.”

Officials said once the victim was no longer able to defend herself, Brake sexually assaulted her. Brake told investigators that he had not had sexual contact with anyone at the event, according to officials.

But State Bureau of Investigation lab analysts testified that Brake’s DNA profile was found in the sexual assault kit samples recovered from the victim, according to the release.