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Evansville Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Rape, Incest

44-year-old Jerry Tyrone Cook Jr. of Evansville was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of two counts of Rape and one count of Incest in October 2020.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 4:47 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2021 4:57 PM

On Tuesday, Vanderburgh County Circuit Magistrate Kelli Fink sentenced 44-year-old Jerry Tyrone Cook Jr. of Evansville to 24 years after he was found guilty of Rape, Incest, and OMVWI back in October 2020.

The prosecutor's office says in 2019, a victim of a sexual assault had arrived at the emergency room and claimed a family member, Cook, was responsible.

During Cook's three-day trial, the jury was presented with DNA evidence and victim testimony characterizing the events that led up to the sexual assault.

The jury found Jerry Tyrone Cook Jr. guilty of:

  • Rape (Level 3 Felony)
  • Rape (Level 3 Felony)
  • Incest (Level 5 Felony)
  • Operating a vehicle with an ACE of 0.15 or more (Class A Misdemeanor)

“The victim in this case was willing to stand up and speak up,” explained Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann. “It’s that kind of bravery that we all should admire. I can’t thank our community partners enough for their supportive efforts during the entire process of this case.”


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