On March 1, 2013, Judge Ron Ware sentenced Gabe McKeel, Jr. to life in prison without the benefit of probation or parole after he was found guilty of raping and beating a 94-year-old DeQuincy woman last year. McKeel was found guilty by Judge Ware on February 14, 2013 of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and second degree battery. McKeel also received a thirty (30) year prison sentence for the aggravated burglary charge to run consecutive with his life term for aggravated rape. Judge Ware also sentenced McKeel to five (5) years in prison on the second degree battery charge to run concurrent with his life term.
The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Cynthia Killingsworth.