It's a crime so bad, even the defendant wanted to spare a jury the details. So he pled guilty to the attempted rape of a 13 month old girl.
Now 20 year old Tommy Wayne Thomas of Elizabeth City is headed to prison after being sentenced to more than 14 years. Assistant District attorney Eula Reid says Thomas admitted to investigators last May that he raped the infant.
An assistant public defender says Thomas was charged with first degree rape, but agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge because it would be, in his words, "A horrible case to put before a jury."