Georgia man gets life in prison for kidnapping, sexually assaulting 2 college students

"We see a lot of bad stuff, and this is in the top tier."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
The suspect that kidnapped and sexually assaulted two University of West Georgia college students in 2021 has been sentenced to life in prison.

29-year-old Brandon Rounsaville was convicted Friday on charges that include kidnapping, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, robbery, and making terroristic threats, Fox News reports.

The incident happened on Oct. 31, 2021, when Rounsaville approached the two young women as they were walking home from a Halloween party.

Coweta County District Attorney Herb Cranford Jr. told the outlet that "the most terrifying crimes are done by strangers" and this case is the perfect example of "every parent's worst nightmare that some stranger is going to snatch their child off the side of the street and sexually assault them."

According to court documents, Rounsaville approached the two victims around 4:30 am after they had exited a bus and started walking home from a school event. Rounsaville threatened to kill the victims if they did not comply with his demands and forced them to strip and perform sex acts on him behind an apartment building.

Court evidence submitted by the prosecution showed video of Rounsaville dragging one of the victims into a parking lot and sexually assaulting her between two vehicles.

One of the victims was able to escape and ran to the front of the building while screaming for help, according to prosecutors. The victims immediately called police after Rounsaville fled the scene due to their screams, and he was later taken into custody by law enforcement after police found him hiding under a bridge.

The two victims did not know Rounsaville, and while reports say that he threatened the victims' lives with a gun, it had not been determined if he had a firearm in his possession at the time, Fox News reports.

"After trial, we strongly argued for life without parole. While he has a right to go to trial, he declined to take any responsibility, he declined to spare the victims the retraumatization of trial. So, I think it is very appropriate that he die in prison," DA Cranford explained. "We see a lot of bad stuff, and this is in the top tier."


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