Bebout receives max sentence for attempted rape, kidnapping

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Bebout receives max sentence for attempted rape, kidnapping

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The man who was found guilty on a number of charges, including attempted rape and kidnapping, has been given the max sentence for his crimes.

On Wednesday, 46-year-old Roy Bebout, of Mt. Vernon, was sentenced to 25 years for attempted rape and kidnapping. He will serve 16 years for the 2018 crime, plus an additional 9 years enhancement charge for a prior conviction.

The teenage victim decided to speak to reporters after the sentencing.

“I didn’t let what was happening overwhelm me," the young woman said. “I fought through it. I want to make sure that if anyone else has to go through it, God forbid, they have the strength to fight through it as well. You’re stronger than you think you are.”

Note: Although the victim allowed reporters to reveal her name on record, we have decided to keep her identity anonymous for her protection.

The bus driver told officers the victim was screaming "he’s trying to kill me,” as she ran to him.
The bus driver told officers the victim was screaming "he’s trying to kill me,” as she ran to him. (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's website)

A jury returned with a guilty verdict for Bebout nearly a month ago on March 13. His charges include:

  • Criminal confinement with bodily injury
  • Criminal confinement where a vehicle is used
  • Criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon
  • Kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon
  • Rape compelled by force/imminent threat
  • Strangulation

After the verdict was read in March, Bebout pleaded guilty to a sentencing enhancement charge for being a repeat sexual offender. He was convicted of rape and kidnapping in 1998.

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