Man gets life in prison for rape

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nearly a year after his arrest, Darrius Javon Frye of Atmore stood before a judge last Wednesday as a prison sentence was imposed upon him, following his conviction of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

Frye, who was found guilty by a jury on July 24, was sentenced to two terms of life in prison by Judge Bert Rice.

“Even though a life sentence has been imposed upon you, it does not forbid the possibility of parole,” Rice told Frye during the sentencing. “You are obliged to be the most agreeable you can be to be deemed suitable for parole. There is light at the end of the tunnel. You might be able to see that but it depends on you being a model prisoner.”

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Frye received two sentences — to run concurrently — on the convictions of the two crimes he was charged with previously. Rice also took into consideration, prior to sentencing, that the defendant had also been guilty of previous criminal activity. Court records showed that Frye was convicted of a first-degree theft of property crime in December 2009.

In August 2013, Frye was arrested on rape and sodomy charges after Atmore Police officers responded to Atmore Community Hospital concerning the allegations of the sexual assault, according to reports at the time of the arrest. Officers spoke with witnesses and determined Frye had entered the residence of the victim and sexually assaulted her. Reports at the time of the arrest said Frye was an acquaintance of the victim.

Frye, who was a resident of Adams Street, was arrested while driving along Harris Street as officers performed a traffic stop. He was taken into custody without incident on Aug. 27, 2013, reports said.