BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Donald Dunn, a man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman on August 11, 1981, took a plea deal Monday.

Dunn was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The victim was visiting a friend at the Woman’s Hospital when he pointed a gun at the victim and forced her into his car. They struggled and his gun went off, shooting him in the left arm — but that didn’t stop him. He drove her to a location off Airline Highway while she begged for her life. He forced her to perform oral sex and then raped her, according to police.

He drove her back to the hospital and got away. The police collected evidence including seminal fluid during a rape kit but the technology wasn’t advanced enough at the time. 

Years later, the victim reached out to BRPD SVU to re-examine the evidence. The LSP Crime Lab found DNA from a stain in her pantyhose that matched Dunn. He was arrested on September 6, 2019, but released on a $150,000 bond shortly after. 

He hired attorney Thomas D’Amico but he was later dismissed after it came out that he worked for the district attorney’s office in the 80s at the time of the rape and kidnapping. 

In June of 2022, Dunn, 59, was rearrested in West Baton Rouge Parish for various drugs and weapons charges as well as violations of the protective order. His bond was revoked and he has been housed at the WBR Parish Jail ever since.