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Serial rapist in east Fort Worth gets 2 life prison sentences

Terry Lynn Douglas, 52, was sentenced on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, to two life sentences. Prosecutors say there was no pattern to his choice of victim.
Terry Lynn Douglas, 52, was sentenced on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, to two life sentences. Prosecutors say there was no pattern to his choice of victim. Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department

A man who accused his accusers of being drug addicts and said they were lying about his attempts to rob and sexually assault them, is going to prison.

Terry Lynn Douglas, 52, of Fort Worth was sentenced Thursday to two life terms in prison plus 80 years after a Tarrant County jury convicted him of aggravated attempted sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and robbery charges.

State District Judge David Hagerman ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

According to trial testimony this week, one woman ran away from Douglas when he tried to force her to have sex with him, and he stole her car. But Douglas left his blood in the car, giving authorities his DNA. That is the case for which prosecutors charged him.

Douglas testified that the woman and her boyfriend tried to rob him because she is a drug addict and the boyfriend is a pimp.

Other people accused Douglas of similar crimes, although prosecutors did not bring those charges to trial. They were a developmentally disabled young man who said Douglas sexually assaulted him; a male college student who said Douglas tried to sexually assault him and forced him at gunpoint to withdraw money from his ATM; and a young woman hoping to study fashion design in school who said Douglas sexually assaulted her.

Douglas said they all lied.

“All these people are drug addicts,” Douglas testified. “They were all smoking crack cocaine. They asked me to take them to buy some drugs.”

Tarrant County prosecutors Kimberly D’Avignon and Sarah Bruner presented evidence that Douglas terrorized the area of east Fort Worth around South Riverside Drive and East Berry Street last summer.

Douglas was arrested in August 2014 after a woman he attempted to sexually assault and then rob picked him out of a photo lineup. Based on the similarities in her account to other reports made within fewer than 30 days, Fort Worth detectives connected Douglas to four other robberies and sexual assaults in the neighborhood.

Once Douglas was arrested, his DNA profile connected him to at least a dozen other robberies and sexual assaults over the past several years, prosecutors said. Douglas’ targets fit no pattern and included women and men of various ages and races.

“Terry Douglas thought he was preying on the weak, but he was wrong,” D’Avignon said. “These brave men and women walked into court this week and told their stories and, by doing so, ensured that he will never prey on anyone ever again. We are grateful for the hard work of the Fort Worth Police Department and for the strength of these victims.”

Douglas had six prior convictions for robbery and aggravated robbery dating to 1989.

Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson praised the work of her prosecutors and law enforcement.

“This was a collaborative effort to get an extremely dangerous predator off our streets,” Wilson said. “I commend Fort Worth police detectives for their decisive work in arresting Douglas.”

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3