99 years in prison! Serial rapist convicted after attacking 4 women

HOUSTON (KIAH) — A man is now sentenced to 99 years in prison and fined $10,000 after assaulting at least four women in 2021.

Harris County Prosecutor Kim Ogg made the announcement Thursday regarding the sentencing of 39-year-old Morris “Mack” Lamour Holton III. He was convicted by a jury earlier this month of aggravated sexual assault for raping a woman in 2021. During the penalty phase, jurors also heard from three other victims.

Holton was formally sentenced Monday after several victim impact statements. He was on parole at the time of the 2021 attacks after spending seven years in prison for a 2011 rape.

In that first case, Holton was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 12 years in prison for using a knife to hold an acquaintance against her will in her apartment, tying her up and raping her. Before that, he had a long criminal record.

After being released from prison on parole in 2020, Holton began luring women to motels or going to their homes to rob and rape them at gunpoint.

In March 2021, he contacted a massage therapist who worked at his home and made arrangements to come to her home for a massage. When she arrived, he pulled out a loaded gun, tied her wrists and ankles with zip ties and raped her.

Less than two weeks later, he met another woman online and persuaded her to meet him at his hotel. Once there, he again brandished a loaded gun, tied her wrists and ankles with zip ties and raped her.

Less than a week later, he met another woman online and persuaded her to meet him at his motel where he used a gun to rob her. However, during the flight, she pushed him away while he tried to tie her up and rape her. Holton then beat the woman severely.

A month after this incident, he met a 16-year-old runaway and began sexually assaulting her multiple times. Holton took a video of himself raping the teen, which was later used as evidence against him.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Denman, assigned to the prosecutor's human trafficking and child exploitation division, said Holton not only planned his crimes and committed them basically the same way every time, but that he also took photos of each victim as “trophies.”

“We know there are other victims who were too afraid to come forward, so we are glad the jury sent a clear message that this man should never be free again,” Denman said. “He was given a second and even a third chance, and that's exactly what he is: a repeat offender with no remorse. In fact, he bragged to each of these victims that that's what he was doing.”

After Holton was convicted of aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison, jurors heard about his other charges before sentencing him to maximum possible prison.

Those additional charges, about which the jury heard testimony before deliberating Holton's sentence, were dismissed after the trial.

Holton must serve at least 30 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

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