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A man who pretended to be a magazine salesman to gain access to three homes and commit sex crimes against three women was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison.

LaDerrick Monquell McCray, 22, of Gulfport, Mississippi, pleaded guilty April 25 to four counts in the case, in which he used the ruse to enter the homes during a four-day period in August 2016. The original indictment included 12 charges, with McCray admitting to two counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, rape in the first degree, and sexual abuse in the third degree.

Benton County Circuit Court Judge David Connell called it “one of the most grievous cases” he has seen in his 14 years on the bench. One victim read a statement, and Amie Matusko, Benton County senior deputy district attorney, read a statement from a second victim. The third victim chose not to make statement.

“The very place I should have felt safe I couldn’t,” said the victim who spoke in court. “Home became a place of discomfort and fear.”

The victim said she is using medication to help her sleep and "is afraid to walk down the street. No amount of (prison) time to be imposed can offer true justice. He deserves far more prison time and far more treatment.”

In the statement read by Matusko, the second victim noted that she had had to move out of her house because she was “worried that he would come back.”

“I cannot leave home without pepper spray. I thought about buying a gun. I’ve had flashbacks, and I cannot stop thinking about that day. What kind of person would do that?”

McCray, who was shackled during the proceedings, chose not to make a statement during the hearing.

“You are going to be locked up,” Connell said. “This case has had a severe impact on these individuals. I’ve seen no remorse on your part, except for the remorse of being caught.”

McCray also is liable for $2,500 in fines and restitution. He is required to submit to 10 years of post-prison supervision. He might not serve the full 125 months of his sentence because of time already served since his August 2016 arrest.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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