By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support local journalism.
Morris, 19, given four years for rape
Placeholder Image
A serial rapist has been sentenced to four years in jail and another four years on supervised probation for luring teen girls to secluded locations and having sex with them.The defendant, Justin Michael Morris, 19, could have faced much of his life in prison had he been convicted on the most serious charges of rape – six counts in all – each carrying eight to 12 years in prison. Instead, Morris entered a plea bargain and entered pleas to three counts of statutory rape for the 14- and 15-year-old girls he had sex with during his spree. He was also given a two-year probationary sentence on a separate case of theft.Police say Morris, who came here from Georgia, targeted girls ages 14 to 17 and looked for opportunities to get them alone.“He hung out in places where younger girls tend to be,” said police investigator Todd Rowland, noting Morris would befriend the girls.