Faced with a DNA match, a 43-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday in Orleans Parish to a rape he committed 18 years ago. Reginald Berry pleaded guilty to forcible rape and second-degree kidnapping, and Criminal District Judge Laurie White sentenced him to 22 years in prison under the deal.
Authorities pinned Berry to the crime through a federal DNA database. He had been living and working in Arkansas before his arrest on April 28, 2011, said his attorney, Aris Cox VI.
Authorities also had Berry pegged to another sexual assault, Cox said. A state grand jury indicted him in June, 2011.
“They had evidence. There was another allegation they were going to bring in should he have survived this trial,” Cox said. “I’m sure they would have charged him with that.”
Under the plea deal, that case goes away, Cox said.