Man Suspected Of Raping 95 Year-Old To Undergo Mental Evaluation

A North Carolina man accused in the rape and beating of a 95-year-old woman has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported Tuesday that 41-year-old Brian A. Reavis entered an insanity plea to nine charges in the April 12 attack. A judge ordered that Reavis undergo a mental evaluation and be committed to a state mental hospital after prosecutors requested the evaluation.

Prosecutors allege Reavis pushed his way into the woman's home as she picked up a newspaper on her front porch in Wilmington's historic district. They said he demanded money, then raped and beat the woman.

The woman is approaching her 96th birthday, and District Attorney Ben David said her testimony was recorded in August as a safety precaution.

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  • by mspiano Location: nc on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    Just when you think things can't get any worse. Come on... 95 years old!! What was he thinking??
  • by reader Location: nc on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM
    I knew someone who took a test like this and they were ruled mentally unstable: because anyone can ACT like they're crazy. Not to mention fake it to flunk a test. He knew what he was doing.
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville NC on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:08 AM
    I agree John. He is not crazy. But remember. The law says he has rights.Yea right. He gave up his rights when he did this. He should be punished severely.
  • by unknown Location: Jamesville, N.C. on Dec 2, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    He does not need a mental evaluation. He needs to be given the death sentence.Doing something like that to a elderly person. Why waste the taxpayers money.Putting him in prison is to good for him.Then we have to feed him.
  • by John Ed Swain Location: Belvedere-Ryland on Dec 2, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    This sicko-psycho should be dealt with swiftly and severely. This is a crime worthy of death. He should be given a chance to consider his sin, and opportunity to repent, and then he should be executed to satisfy justice and serve as an example to others. This must not be tolerated under any "INSANITY" plea. He knew what he was doing.
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