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A Carthage man will spend at least 32 years in prison for the rape of a woman in 2015 the Moore County District Attorney’s Office said.

Edward Lamont Womble was sentenced to a minimum of 32 years two months and a maximum of 43 years eight months after a two-week jury trial, District Attorney Maureen Krueger said Wednesday in a release

Krueger announced that after a two week jury trial Edward Lamont Womble was sentenced to 386 months minimum 524 months maximum for crimes he committed against his estranged wife.

On July 6, 2018, a Moore County jury found Womble guilty of first degree rape, first degree sex offense, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, crime against nature, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female and communicating threats, all of which occurred November 24, 2015.

An investigation into a possible abduction began when a neighbor found the estranged wife’s car and cellular telephone abandoned at his residence. The Sheriff’s office was alerted because Womble had threatened to kill his wife less than three weeks earlier.

It was soon discovered that Womble had driven from Randolph County to abduct the victim at gunpoint from her son’s bus stop. After taking her to a remote, secluded location, Womble committed the felony crimes against her. Womble released the victim when he became aware that law enforcement suspected that he had abducted her.

Assistant District Attorneys Warren McSweeney and Peter Strickland prosecuted the case for the State.


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