BREAKING: Clay Conaway sentenced to 5 years for 2018 rape
SUSSEX CO., Del. – Clay Conaway will spend the next five years in jail for raping a woman in June of 2018. His sentence was handed down at 4:40 p.m. on Friday, an extremely emotional day in Sussex County Court.
A jury found Conaway guilty of 4th degree rape in September, meaning Conaway sexually penetrated his victim without her consent. The 23-year-old faced a maximum of 15 years in prison for 4th degree rape but there was no minimum prison sentence.
Conaway’s defense attorney tells 47 ABC the earliest Conaway could be released is in three years. Right now, the defense doesn’t plan to appeal the five year sentence because they say the judge made all the right rulings.
“Judge Stokes really conducted an extremely thoughtful trial process. He did something I’ve never seen a judge do and that was to swear each juror that came forward and said I’ve heard something about the case and put them under oath to impress upon them how important it is to be 100 percent honest,” says Joe Hurley, Conaway’s defense attorney.
Once Clay Conaway is released from jail, he will also serve one year of home confinement and two years of GPS monitored probation.
Conaway was originally charged with 1st degree rape but Judge Richard Stokes included the lesser charges of 2nd degree rape or 4th degree rape during jury instruction. Conaway was found guilty of 4th degree rape on September 27 after three hours of jury deliberation.
This is the first of six cases against Conaway, who is now being held at Sussex Correctional Institution. Five other women have also accused Conaway of sexual assault between the years of 2013 and 2018. His next trial is set to begin in December.
For coverage on Conaway’s guilty verdict: click here.