Rapist sentenced to 60 years

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 22, 2005

A rape victim walked into sentencing, removed her scarf and revealed the heavy scarring left from

Irvin Neely’s attack.

In a Dallas County courtroom, Neely pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, attempted murder and first degree robbery, according to the district attorney’s office.

He was sentenced to 60 years for each separate count, to run concurrently .

“This office will continue to crack down on murderers and rapists with stiff sentences,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said.

Neely, according to Jackson’s office, broke into the victims home, raped her, sliced her throat with a knife and choked her until she was unconsciousness.

In the original indictment, Neely was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree arson.

Neely allegedly attempted to set the house on fire when he left the scene with the victim and her three children inside.

The victim later picked Neely out of a lineup.

Neely also faces two 10-year sentences in Autauga County, where he was found guilty of first degree attempted rape and second-degree or the statutory rape of an 11-year-old.