CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an 82-year-old woman.
Brandon Vernard Johnson was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to authorities, the incident happened in 2006 when Johnson walked in through the victim's unlocked front door at her home on Harbor View Road on James Island.
Deputies reported that she was assaulted for 12 hours.
Investigators say when two of her neighbors heard unusual noises, they went to check on her. The neighbors reported observing that the victim was being assaulted, so they called 911.
In 2008, a jury told a judge they could not reach a decision in the case which resulted in a mistrial.