âIf there is evil in this world, I believe itâs been in this courtroom,â said Superior Court Judge Gail Flake, before sentencing a convicted rapist to eight consecutive life prison terms plus an additional 135 years behind bars.
âIf any case deserves the maximum sentence, itâs this case,â said Flake, during the April 9 sentencing.
After a five-day trial, Gary Mincey was found guilty March 22 of 17 felony counts, including aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, aggravated sexual battery and rape.
During a six-week span in 2011, Mincey assaulted, robbed and raped various women. Prosecutors said he used a gun, Taser or knife to force the victims to comply with his verbal and physical demands. Mincey also robbed his victims of electronics, money and jewelry.
During the trial, prosecutors described how he followed women from a Publix grocery store, Echelon Bar and Bistro, and Tanqueray Lounge before his attacks.
One of Minceyâs victims faced him one last time in court before the sentencing.
âYou almost took life, not once but twice,â she said. âDuring those days after you attacked me, I thought about taking my own life.â
Instead she âstayed prayed up,â the victim said. âAnd I focused once again on the car seat in the back of my car.”
She told Mincey that three of her four grandchildren are boys and she wanted to make sure they are reared to be productive adults and ânot a rapist like you.â
âThank you for showing me just how strong I could be as a woman [and] for giving me war scars that I didnât get in the military and finally for making me take the standâ¦against a coward like you,â the victim said. âJustice has prevailed and justice will begin to help us all in our healing process.â
During the sentencing hearing, Mincey said he felt sympathy for the women and âwouldnât wish no acts like that on anybody.â
âI know today is supposed to be a day of closure, but it wonât be a day of closure because Iâm innocent,â Mincey said.
Mincey, who has two prior felony convictions, told the judge that the trial was unfair and âfull of lies, deceit, contradicting stories.â
âMy life donât lie in your hands,â Mincey said to the judge. âMy life lies in the hands of God. Iâm going to be all right whatever the outcome is. I donât care what you sentence me to.â
Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicole Marchand Golden, who served as lead prosecutor on the case, said Mincey received âthe right sentence, the just sentence which was the maximum.â
âTo target, stalk, rape and then rob five women that he did not know, who didnât know each otherâ¦itâs a nightmare,â Golden said. âItâs every womanâs nightmare. Itâs the worst thing you can experience.
âWe are going to do everything we can to ensure the safety of the women of DeKalb County,â Golden said. âWeâre going to seek the maximum sentence in each one of these cases. Thatâs what we did in this case.â
Golden said the sentence tells the victims that they were believed.
âThe judge understood what they went through and was sympatheticâ¦and wanted to ensure that they felt safe in their homes at night,â she said.