Morgan City man pleads guilty to rape
Glenn Joseph McNemar III was given a life sentence Tuesday by 16th Judicial District Judge Lori A. Landry after he pleaded guilty to raping his 66-year-old Morgan City neighbor on Oct. 1, 2012.
McNemar agreed to the guilty plea shortly before noon and was given the only sentence allowed — life without probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
Jennifer Reasoner, the assistant district attorney handling the case, praised the case that had been developed by Morgan City police.
“We had a very strong case,” Reasoner said. “The Morgan City police did a very good, very thorough job … I am pleased this case resolved itself through a plea to the aggravated rape charge without going to trial.”
Morgan City police arrested McNemar, 26, the day after the rape when they got a tip he had been involved in the rape and was about to leave the area. Police said in the arrest affidavit that he admitted he had raped his neighbor after he climbed over the fence between the two residences on Cottonwood Street and broke into her home with two fence posts and a pipe. He told investigators he forced the victim into a sex act at knife point, the arrest affidavit said.
McNemar told police he subsequently took the victim’s nightgown and hid it under a shed in the rear of the victim’s yard and then jumped back over the fence and returned to his residence, the affidavit said. Morgan City police said they recovered the garment.
McNemar was charged with one count each of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. The affidavit said McNemar had a needle in his pocket when officers went to his house. Reasoner said the burglary and drug charges were dropped when McNemar agreed to plead to the rape charge.
Susan Dorsey of Franklin defended McNemar as a public defender. The defense requested a sanity evaluation which was reviewed by Landry on April 25. The judge ruled McNemar competent to stand trial and assist in his defense.
The case had been originally set for trial on Aug. 27 but was moved to Tuesday at the district attorney’s request.