Man pleads guilty to 1999 rape

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MEMPHIS, TN - According to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, a suspected rapist who investigators tracked to an Austin, Texas homeless shelter in 2016 pled guilty Thursday to raping an Orange Mound woman in 1999.


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Ronnie Simpson was sentenced to eight years in prison without parole and will be on the Sex Offender Registry for life.

According to Weirich, on March 12, 1999, a 28-year-old woman told police she was walking in the vicinity of Grand and Zanone in Orange Mound when a man she knew as “Shun” struck her in the head with a handgun, pulled her clothing off, and raped her.

An unidentified male's DNA from the 1999 rape kit was entered into the CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) on March 4, 2014, and was monitored for a possible match. 

The DNA was eventually matched to Simpson, who was named in an indictment on March 1 of this year.

The 38-year-old was indicted by a grand jury in March of 2016.