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Old 12-01-2019, 07:32 AM
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Southaven man described as the 'poster child for serial rapists' sentenced to 371 years in prison
Published 5:02 p.m. CT Nov. 25, 2019

A Southaven man convicted of five aggravated rapes and 24 other felony offenses that took place in Memphis was sentenced to 371 years in prison Monday, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.

William L. Gossett, 37, was described by a judge as “a poster child for serial rapists.”
He pleaded guilty in September to 29 total felony counts, including aggravated rape, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, identity theft, attempted aggravated rape and theft.

The cases involved 15 victims from more than a dozen incidents that occurred between July 2012 and April 2016. The majority of those events took place in apartment units in Memphis, according to Weirich.

Gossett typically gained access to the apartments where the crimes were committed through a sliding glass door or window and was often armed with a gun or knife.

In a statement read to the court at Gossett’s sentencing, a woman who was 16 at the time she was raped in 2012 said she had nightmares, had to miss a month of school and was “scarred for life” by the event. Gossett refused to attend the sentencing.

Gossett also has a juvenile criminal record. In 1998, Gossett was convicted of raping two children, ages 5 and 8, according to Weirich.

Weirich said a team of investigators with the district attorney’s special victim’s unit and the Memphis Police Department sex crimes unit linked Gossett to the crimes through DNA evidence, fingerprints and motor vehicle records, among other evidence.

After Gossett’s arrest in 2016, the investigators obtained a search warrant for his residence in Southaven and found items belonging to the victims, including jewelry, wallets, personal checks, mail, library cards and birth certificates. Other items belonging to the victims were located at pawn shops.
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