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19-year-old given 25 years in attempted rape, burglary case
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Edricus Mayfield, left, reacts to being sentenced for burglary and aggravated sexual battery in Hall County Superior Court on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Mayfield received a life sentence with the first 25 years in prison. - photo by Austin Steele

Edricus Jumario Mayfield, 19, made one request to courthouse deputies while sitting in handcuffs next to his attorney after Judge Clint Bearden read an all-guilty verdict against him on Thursday, May 16.

“I just want to hug my mom,” Mayfield said.

Instead, deputies kept Mayfield at the defense table as they proceeded with sentencing.

Mayfield, 19, was convicted on all charges in the case of a woman sexually assaulted June 30, 2016 in her Gainesville home. He was sentenced to 25 years to serve behind bars with life on probation. He will receive credit for some months served in custody.

Mayfield was charged in a July indictment with aggravated sexual battery, attempted rape, home invasion, first-degree burglary, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and two counts of third-degree child cruelty.

The home invasion charge was dismissed.

Assistant District Attorney Anna Fowler described Tuesday in court a scenario that “sounds like a scene from a horror movie,” that she said happened as a Gainesville woman was brushing her teeth almost two years ago.

“She stands up and, where seconds ago there was no one in there except herself, there is now someone standing behind her with a weapon,” Fowler said.

Mayfield allegedly was holding a metal bat when he encountered the woman.

The evidence centered around fingerprints and handprints found around a window of the apartment. Mayfield was identified after the prints were tested again in April 2018 for a match.

Members of the prosecutorial team asked questions of the jurors following sentencing.

One of the deciding factors was a handprint outside of the window between a screen and the window, according to one juror.

Defense attorney Craig Pake, who is representing Mayfield, cross-examined the woman’s brother after 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 and presented the brother’s ID

The defense attorney’s questions focused on whether the victim’s brother had ever associated with Mayfield or others in and around the residence in which the alleged crime took place, which he denied.

The connection between the ID and Mayfield’s case was not adequately explained in court, and it did not appear to have any effect on the jury reaching its verdict.

The woman’s brother, who is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges, said he was not previously acquainted with Mayfield.

Mayfield was visibly emotional during the verdict and sentencing, putting his head down at the defense table.

No other evidence was discussed or offered at sentencing.

Bearden imposed a sentence of life on probation with 25 years to serve in confinement on the aggravated sexual battery charge, and the sentences on the other counts will run concurrently.

Mayfield may not have any contact with the victim or her children, and he will be subject to the special sex offender conditions of probation.

Bearden said he hopes Mayfield will take advantage of any opportunities afforded to him while in the Department of Corrections’ custody.

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Edricus Mayfield looks back at the gallery as he is led away following sentencing for burglary and aggravated sexual battery in Hall County Superior Court on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Mayfield received a life sentence with the first 25 years in prison.