The Mobile County District Attorney’s office announced Monday that Jawaun Maurice Dawson, previously convicted of multiple accounts of sexual abuse, was sentenced to life in prison.
The 24-year-old entered a blind plea in late October, admitting to multiple charges including burglary, sodomy, sexual abuse, kidnapping, robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Dawson was arrested in late April for committing two sexual assaults on concurrent days — one of which took place on the campus of the University of South Alabama and the other near the 100 block of East Drive.
USA police told reporters after Dawson’s arrest that video evidence showed him using a victim’s credit card at a local convenience store, which helped authorities make an arrest only days after the incidents occurred.
According to the records of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Dawson has a criminal history that includes theft and drug-related charges dating back to 2011.
Felon sentenced on secondary firearms charge
This week U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown announced the sentencing of a felon caught with a firearm who had been previously arrested for a shooting incident in Mobile County.
Andre Deon Todd, who has previous convictions of discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle, receiving stolen property and possession of cocaine, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release recently after being caught with firearm earlier this year.
In April, officers of the Mobile Police Department responded to a call that a vehicle driven by Todd was chasing a truck towing Todd’s vehicle. Once the vehicle driven by Todd was stopped, his passenger provided a statement that when confronting the tow truck driver Todd had a firearm in his hand — a .38 caliber revolver — but did not point it at anyone.
Because of his previous felony convictions, possession of the firearm constituted a violation of federal law. According to the records of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Todd has a criminal history dating back to 2003 that includes several drug and weapons-related charges.
Police still searching for suspect in Thanksgiving homicide
Mobile police investigators continue to look for a suspect after a shooting over the Thanksgiving holiday left one dead and another injured. According to reports, around 7 p.m., Nov. 27, officers responded to the 3900 block of Wood Drive in Mobile after it was reported that two individuals had been shot.
Antonio Lacy, 23 of Mobile, died en route to a local hospital. A second victim, a 25-year-old male who has not been identified, was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds and released.
As of Dec. 1, no arrests had been made in connection to the shooting, which is being considered a murder and attempted murder at this time.
The suspect is described as being a black male in his late 20s, six-feet tall, approximately 275 pounds and brown hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mobile Police Department at 251-208-7211.
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