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ARTICLE FROM THE TIMES PICAYUNE 1/14/2014
A Terrebonne Parish man was sentenced in Jefferson Parish on Tuesday (Jan. 14) to 25 years in prison, after pleading guilty to raping a woman in Kenner. Michael Voisin, 25, of Gray, pleaded guilty as charged to forcible rape, for the May 2012 assault on a public street, authorities said.
The woman told Kenner police she and Voisin were at the home of a mutual friend, Sean Mayer, in the 600 block of Mayfair Lane, when he began grabbing her. He continued despite her telling him to stop and pushing him away, according to the arrest affidavit.
The woman left to go home, but Voisin followed her, telling her to stop and come back to the residence, and that he liked her, according to the arrest report. She continued walking, but he grabbed her and threw her to the ground, striking her head hard enough to cause injuries, police said.
"Michael Voisin then got on top of the victim and forcibly removed her leggings, shorts and tore her underwear," according to the arrest affidavit. He held her down and raped her, police said.
She was able to free one of her hands and use her cell phone to call police, according to the affidavit. Voisin fled when he heard sirens, according to the affidavit. Police arrested him blocks away.
Voisin was set to stand trial this week but instead pleaded guilty. Judge Lee Faulkner of the 24th Judicial District Court accepted the plea and handed down the sentence. Assistant District Attorney Doug Freese and Voisin's public defender Matt Goetz handled the plea.
Forcible rape carries a sentencing range of five to 40 years in prison. Voisin also will have to register as a sex offender.
Mayer, 23, pleaded guilty in April to a charge of inciting Voisin to commit a felony, the forcible rape of the woman. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
According to his plea agreement, Mayer admitted he and Voisin "induced" the woman to his home, "believing that she would willingly engage in sexual activity with one or both of them."
The victim "made it clear that she was unwilling to engage in any type of sexual activity." Plea agreement of co-defendant, Sean Mayer, 23.
The woman "made it clear that she was unwilling to engage in any type of sexual activity," but despite that, Voisin continued acting aggressively toward her, according to Mayer's plea agreement. Mayer claimed he told the woman to leave his home, and he was unaware of what happened between her and Voisin after that.
In connection with his plea agreement, which included cooperation with authorities in the Voisin prosecution, prosecutors dismissed a charge of sexual battery in Mayer's case.