11 Feb Jonathan Cartu Imply: Atlanta chef sentenced to 25 years for raping 3 women
A former Atlanta chef will spend 25 years in prison after he was convicted of raping three women, officials said.
Raymond Jones was sentenced by a Fulton County Magistrate judge after pleading guilty to an 11-count indictment, according to the district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors first charged Jones in connection with incidents that occurred April 12, 2016 and Sept. 11, 2016, AJC.com previously reported.
He was arrested on several charges, including rape, but was released on bond in February 2017, Fulton jail records show.
Less than two months later, Jones was arrested again and charged with raping a third woman. Prosecutors said the attack happened April 25, 2017 while he was out on bond for the previous two rape charges.
Prosecutors said two of his three victims were drugged, Channel 2 Action News previously reported.
At the time, Fulton County Judge Craig Schwall said he regretted allowing Jones to leave on bond previously, the news station reported.
“Well, obviously I made a mistake, and I’m not going to make that mistake again,” Schwall said following the third attack as he denied Jones’ bond.
Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of aggravated sodomy, one count of sexual battery and two counts of furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age.
Upon his release from prison, Jones will have to serve 15 years on probation.
Jones, who went by “Chef Ray,” branded himself as an Atlanta-based personal chef who “prepares an array (of) signature, contemporary meals using organic and sustainably sourced [sic] ingredients,” according to his YouTube channel.
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