Crime & Courts

Charlotte serial rapist sentenced to life in prison

Drayton Thompson
Drayton Thompson Mecklenburg County jail

Twenty-four years after he raped three women, a Charlotte man has been sentenced to life in prison, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

During a trial this summer, a jury found Drayton Lamar Thompson, 45, guilty of multiple sex crimes in the 1991 cases, which went cold until the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit reopened the investigations.

Police discovered DNA evidence that linked Thompson to each of the assaults, prosecutors said. He was arrested in Charlotte in 2012. Charges against a co-defendant in one of the cases are pending, prosecutors said.

Two victims are now dead. At trial, prosecutors introduced the testimony of doctors and a nurse about what the victims told them at the hospital after they were attacked. The third victim testified at trial.

Joe Marusak