An Indiana man who has been convicted of being a serial rapist, was sentenced to 100 years Thursday.
Quanardel Wells, 43, will have to serve that sentence after completing an 80-year sentence from a 2010 conviction for assaulting a 16-year-old girl. His earliest possible release date would be 2099, when he would be 129.
Authorities knew Wells was a bad man. He had been arrested 23 times, and had 7 felony convictions since 1987. He had also been arrested but not convicted on four other charges of sexual assault between 1998 and 2006.
Superior Court Judge Mark Stoner said it was appropriate to give Wells a sentence “that does not allow him to be back out in society again.”
The investigation of Wells lasted for an extended amount of time. Prosecutor Charnette Garner called him “the worst criminal defendant I have come in contact with.” And during that time, Wells would assault at least two more women.
For a decade Wells attacked prostitutes and other women he believed would not report his crimes. “We just saved a lot of women from being victimized by Quanardel Wells,” prosecutor Garner said outside the courtroom. “I’m feeling pretty good.”
Wells is 43 years old. He was convicted of raping a teenage girl in 2008, and received an 80 year sentence. The sentence of 100 years added on Thursday, would mean that, even with sentence reductions for ‘good behavior’ he would not be eligible for parole until 2099, when he would be 129 years old.
His methods of selecting women involved those who were unlikely to file charges against him, and worked for a long time.
Electronic court records show that of his 22 criminal cases in Marion County since 1987, when he was 17, six resulted in mostly minor convictions. He also beat charges on 13 other occasions, including four times when a jury acquitted him. Nine other cases had to be dismissed because witnesses failed to show up or cooperate.
He rises to the stature as one of the worst sex offenders in Indiana’s history.
• In 1998, Wells beat his first jury trial in a sex case. He was accused of abducting a woman then forcing her to withdraw money from an ATM and perform a sex act.
• Three years later, a jury acquitted him of attempting to rob a woman at an ATM. The woman had said she was able to fight off her would-be robber.
• In 2004, another jury acquitted him of raping a woman waiting for a bus.
• And in 2006, the fourth jury acquitted him of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
The following year, a rape case against Wells fell apart when the accuser changed her story several times, resulting in a lesser charge of ‘imprisonment’. He was forced to supply a DNA sample before he was placed on probation.
The DNA sample proved crucial. In 2008 he forced a girl to perform oral sex on him. He threatened to ‘slit her throat’ if she didn’t swallow the semen. She kept some of it, and later police traced the residue to Wells.
The results of matching the girl’s collected semen, and that which was matched to residue on a sweatshirt worn by Wells, did not happen until June 22, 2009. By that time, Wells was out of prison and back to his old ways: smoking crack and assaulting women.
Convictions and constant surveillance by police did not deter Wells from continuing to assault women.
Wells would assault two other women, one on July 4th and the other July 10th, before the result came back as a match.
“In the absence of an identical twin, Quanardel Wells is the source of the DNA” sample from the sweatshirt, the July 28, 2009, report said.
The prosecutors said: “We just saved a lot of women from being victimized by Quanarel Wells,” prosecutor Garner said outside the courtroom. “I’m feeling pretty good.”
It may have taken years to accomplish their goal. Finally a serial rapist was sentenced to 100 years in prison, and added to a former sentence, will die in custody.
The Guardian Express