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A jury has found a man guilty of raping an elderly woman

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A jury has convicted a man accused of raping an elderly woman on several charges.

42-year-old Brian Reavis was found guilty of rape, kidnapping, common-law robbery, and malicious maiming for an attack on a woman, who was 95 at the time, in April 2008. 

Reavis will face from 88-100 years in prison.

During closing arguments, defense attorney Roddy Brown said Reavis had received medication for mental illness less than 48 hours before the attack.  He told the jury Reavis should be placed in a mental institution.

While district attorney Ben David agreed Reavis may not be healthy, he said Reavis was aware of his actions.  David also told the jury that Reavis is known to exaggerate his symptoms. 

The victim, now 96, testified Tuesday, describing the incident to the jury.  She told them she had gone to get her newspaper when a man came up behind her to help her open the door. 

The man asked for money so she gave it to him, then he proceeded to physically and sexually assault her.

Thursday, Reavis' mother took the stand saying her son suffers from schizophrenia and that he wasn't aware of his actions during the attack.

His probation officer testified that Reavis' mother told authorities Reavis developed schizophrenia from having spinal meningitis as a child.

A doctor said Reavis has been evaluated several times for schizophrenia, has a history of cocaine abuse, has mild retardation, and is also known to exaggerate his mental disorder.

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