Man takes plea agreement on amended rape charges, receives 15 years

Published 12:03 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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A man convicted in 2020 of raping a child was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison as part of a plea deal.
Joseph Water Sampson Jr. was facing a jury trial in Carter County Criminal Court for two counts of rape but instead pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated rape. In addition, he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery, two counts of solicitation of a minor and one additional sex charge.
Criminal Court Judge Lisa Rice handed down the sentence, which under state law requires Sampson serve all 15 years of the aggravated rape conviction. Sentences for the other charges will run concurrently. Those include eight years on the aggravated sexual battery, six years on the additional sex charge, and six years on each of the solicitation charges.
Sampson was convicted in 2020 of raping a child who at the time was between the age of 3 and 13 as well as engaging in unlawful sexual contact with the child.
Once Sampson completes his sentence and is released from prison, he will be required to report to the Tennessee Department of Correction’s Community Supervision where he will be under supervision for the rest of his life.
He will also be placed on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry for the remainder of his life after his release.

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