Mississippi man sentenced to prison for sexual assault

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A Mississippi man was sentenced to prison for sexual assault in a case in which a woman who had gone on a date with him was held in an elaborately modified storage unit and raped.

Toby Wayman Brown, 38, has been held for almost 1,000 days on a $1 million bond for sexual assault and also a governor’s warrant as a fugitive from justice in Mississippi.

He was sentenced to ten years in prison and will get time taken off for 1,525 days in jail awaiting trial.

In late 2014, a woman, 28, told police she had gone on a date with Brown and then he took her to a storage unit on Seymour Highway.

She said after spending some time in the furnished unit, she asked him to take her home but he refused and told her she could lie down on a mattress in the loft, while he finished completing some work in the shop area.

The woman said she went into a loft area and heard Brown screwing a hidden door shut.  

She said Brown came into the loft and assaulted her, holding her throat to prevent her from screaming.

According to the victim and a manager of the units, the modifications included a cedar wall separating it into a workshop and a living area.

The wall had a hidden door to get to the living section and that section had a lowered ceiling, furniture and tv.

It also had a loft area over the ceiling that had a mattress, a video monitor connected to a surveillance camera in front of the unit and an air conditioner.

After the assault was reported, Brown cleaned out the unit and removed all the unauthorized modifications.

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