Harrisburg man convicted of rape

John Allen Woods (Source: Poinsett County Jail)
John Allen Woods (Source: Poinsett County Jail)

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT)- A Poinsett County jury sentenced John Allen Woods, 39, of Harrisburg, to 40 years in prison on a rape conviction.

According to prosecutor Scott Ellington, Deputy Prosecutors Jimmy Gazaway and David Boling charged Woods with rape, a class Y felony, after his stepdaughter accused him of the sexual abuse in March of last year.

Woods plead guilty in 1997 in Mo. to first degree child molestation of another former stepdaughter, the prosecutor says. He served three years in a Mo. prison on that charge.

Ellington say that Woods, when charged with rape, was serving a probation sentence for theft of public benefits. The court revoked his probation and he was sentenced to an additional 20 years imprisonment, to be served concurrently with the 40 year sentence given by the jury.

Ellington says, "I wish the number of these cases were zero, but until then, we will not stop prosecuting them to the fullest."

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