JC man convicted of Columbia rape

Jemell Butler

A Jefferson City man accused of raping an intoxicated woman he met in downtown Columbia is found guilty of the crime. 

Jemell Butler, 23, was found guilty of second-degree rape by a Boone County jury late last week.  He’ll be sentenced in March.  Butler had originally been charged with first-degree rape.

It was in April of 2017 when Butler met a woman walking home from the downtown.  The victim told police that as the pair were walking through an alley, Butler grabbed her purse and phone and threw them in nearby bushes.  He then threw the victim to the ground, forcibly removed her clothes, and sexually assaulted her. 

Butler previously served four months of shock incarceration for holding a Phelps County woman he met online captive at a Columbia home in 2015.  The victim said Butler first assaulted her, then held her captive for days.