Two convicted in 2016 rape in Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. - Two men were convicted after their involvement in a rape at a Wicomico County party.

Officials from the Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County says that two men were sentenced in connection to a rape that happened on August 26, 2016, in Salisbury.

On that day, 19-year-old Omari Joyner and 23-year-old Dexton Jackson, both of Silver Spring, MD, were at a party at the University Park Apartments. According to the report, Jackson had non-consensual sex with a woman, who lived in the apartment, and then left her bedroom. Authorities say that a jury ruled that the victim was unable to consent by way of intoxication. After Jackson left the bedroom, Joyner then came into the victim's bedroom, and had sex with the victim, who was reportedly was going in and out of consciousness at the time. The victim regained consciousness during the rape, and cried out Joyner to stop. After hearing the victim's cries, a roommate then tried to going into the bedroom , but was unable to do so as Jackson held the door closed. The suspects ultimately fled the scene, and went back to their homes in Silver Spring. Both, Jackson and Joyner, were later arrested.

On July 7, 2017, Jackson pleaded guilty to second degree rape and false imprisonment. Jackson was sentenced to 20 years with all but 5 years suspended on the second degree rape charge. On Friday, Joyner was convicted of second degree rape and second degree assault, and sentenced to 20 years, with all but 10 years suspended. Both men will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

The Wicomico County State's Attorney thanked the Salisbury Police Department Criminal Investigative Division and the Assistant State's Attorney for their work in prosecuting this case.

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