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Rapist Should Have Been Stopped Sooner

October 18, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Among the most vicious criminals to pass through New York City's court system for some time is Daviid Albert Mitchell, 43. This week he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping and brutally beating a 74-year-old woman in Central Park.

Mitchell is a West Virginian. In all likelihood, some New Yorkers are wondering why he wasn't locked up for a long, long time here, before he moved to their city.

That is an excellent, troubling question.

Mitchell has a long record of brutality from the period he lived in the tiny McDowell County community of Jenkinjones. At 18 years old, he was charged with raping and killing an 84-year-old woman, but was acquitted. Later, he raped a woman in her 70s, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges and served little time in prison. Still later, police listed him as a suspect in the death of another woman. Then, he abducted his ex-girlfriend.

After he was released from prison on that charge in 2011, some Jenkinjones residents were so afraid of him they bought guns for protection. His own brother says Mitchell is violent, suffering from split-peronality disorder.

Why wasn't something done about Mitchell sooner? Mountain State legislators should be asking that question.

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