Former U.S. Marine Convicted for Rape and Attempted Murder of Elderly Hawthorne Woman

Posted By Robert Bernstein || 19-Sep-2011

If you have been charged with a crime, it is essential that you hire an attorney who knows how to aggressively defend your case. Representing yourself in a criminal case is never a good idea, as one former U.S. Marine recently discovered when he was convicted for raping and attempting to kill an elderly woman in Hawthorne.

Two years ago, Gary LaBon attacked the elderly woman as she was collecting aluminum cans along the street. Police officers responding to a call about a couple having sex on someone's lawn found LaBon with his pants down, choking the victim. The grandmother was beaten so severely that she suffered brain damage and remains unresponsive in a care facility.

Jurors deliberated about five hours before finding LaBon guilty of first-degree attempted murder, rape, kidnapping for rape as well as agreeing with allegations that LaBon caused the victim great bodily injury. He is now facing at least 25 years to life in prison.

Jurors said LaBon's decision to represent himself, with no legal guidance, did not help his case in court. Many jurors found his defense incoherent and felt that the verdict may have been different had an attorney been retained to present his defense.

If you, or someone you know has been charged with Rape, Kidnapping, Attempted Murder or Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury, contact a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney for a free consultation today.

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