Convicted rapist takes plea in drug case

Published 11:15 am Thursday, November 20, 2014

A convicted rapist who was set to go to trial today on drug charges has pleaded guilty and is headed to prison.

Michael London, 46, 1744 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., pleaded guilty this week to sale of cocaine and violating probation for a 2004 rape conviction.

Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick sentenced London to five years in prison on the probation revocation and a year in prison on the drug charges. Upon his release from prison, London will be on probation for five years.

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The trial had been set to begin today in the drug case, District Attorney Ricky Smith said, but London accepted the plea deal on Monday. In that case, London sold less than 2 grams of cocaine to a police informant on or about Aug. 29, 2013, according to court records.

He was indicted on the drug charges in January

London pleaded guilty to rape in February 2004. Patrick sentenced him to 10 years in prison followed by five year’s probation. London was still on probation at the time he was arrested and charged with the drug offense.

In that case, London was accused of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint out of her car and taking her to his bedroom where he raped her. He was indicted in July 2003, but the kidnapping charge was dropped when London pleaded guilty to rape.

London, who must register as a sex offender, was being held in the Warren County Jail this morning awaiting transfer to a Mississippi Department of Corrections prison.