Oct. 10, 2013 – A Gainesville man was found guilty yesterday in the attempted sexual assault of a woman at a business on Atlanta Highway.
21 year old Devin Ignacio Segura was convicted of criminal attempt to commit rape, criminal intent to commit aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault, battery and simple battery after two days of testimony and about four hours of deliberation by a Hall County jury.
The Times reported that on Nov. 27, Segura made lewd comments to the woman, working alone in a store, before assaulting her. The victim said the attacker pulled her hair and scratched and threw hot tea on her face as he tried to pull her clothes off.
While Segura’s defense attorney did not dispute the assault itself, he argued Segura had been wrongly accused.
Hall County public defender Travis Williams said there is somebody walking around Atlanta Highway terrorizing women. He said, there is somebody who looks like Devin Segura doing inappropriate things to women on Atlanta Highway, but it’s not Devin Segura.”
Williams said witness descriptions of the suspect’s clothes, features and injuries did not match Segura, asserting investigators failed to pursue another lead once Segura was named a person of interest.
Williams went on to say, “They didn’t want to get it right. They had no concern. “They had a suspect and they were going to move forward regardless of the proof available.”
The state’s prosecutor, Jennifer Bagwell, countered that the identifications reliably pointed to Segura and police had waited to arrest him until they were more certain.
Segura, a California native, carries a record in Hall County dating to 2009. He pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, theft and obstruction in 2009. He pleaded guilty to obstruction again in 2010 and riot stemming from a jail fight in 2011. In 2012 he pleaded guilty to battery and disorderly conduct.
A note on his record by law enforcement stated he was a member of the gang North Side 43, also known as the Norteños.
Segura was sentenced to 18 years in prison and two years’ probation by Hall County Senior Superior Court.
Copyright Glory 1330 2013