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3 plead guilty to sex abuse of a handicapped woman

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Three people charged with raping and torturing a 23-year-old mentally handicapped woman in Etowah County have entered guilty pleas. 

Rex Maurice Johnson, 54, and his wife, 43-year-old Toni Renea Johnson of Gadsden were indicted in December 2011 on two counts each of first-degree rape and sodomy and sexual torture, all of which are Class A felonies. Pursuant to a plea agreement, they will be sentenced to 20 in the a state penitentiary as to each of the six counts of the indictment.

Steven William Holder, 28, also plead guilty to two charges - second-degree assault and sexual misconduct -- as well as a charge of second-degree domestic Violence. He was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison in the cases.

All of the charges stem from the case in August of 2011. Gadsden police found the rape victim handcuffed to a bed and with her hair cut off.

The woman told officers there was an ongoing history of sexual assault against her and she  had been living with the Johnsons and Holder. 

The cases have been consolidated for trial with jury selection scheduled to begin upon the entering of pleas.

District Attorney Jimmie Harp said the defendants will spend a significant amount of time in prison and will be registered sex offenders for the rest of their lives.  



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