(2-13-20) Tyquin Capers-Ricketts (28) of Fort Wayne was sentenced in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to 15 years to life in prison for raping a 6 year old Mercer County girl in September of 2017. Capers-Ricketts entered an Alford plea.
(also called a Kennedy plea in West Virginia, an Alford guilty plea and the Alford doctrine), in United States law, is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence. In entering an Alford plea, the defendant admits that the evidence presented by the prosecution would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The plea allows Capers-Ricketts to maintain his innocence but acknowledge that prosecution had enough evidence to convict him, including DNA evidence.
As part of the plea Tyquin Capers-Ricketts will be labeled as a Tier III Sex Offender.
TIER 3 OFFENSES
A. Recidivism and Felonies.
Any sex offense that is punishable by more than one year in jail where the offender has at least one prior conviction for a Tier 2 sex offense, or has previously become a Tier 2 sex offender, is a “Tier 3” offense.
B. General Offenses.
A “Tier 3” offense includes any sex offense for which a person has been convicted, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such an offense, that involves:
1. Non-parental kidnapping of a minor
2. A sexual act with another by force or threat
3. A sexual act with another who has been rendered unconscious or involuntarily drugged, or who is otherwise incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct or declining to participate
4. Sexual contact with a minor 12 years of age or younger, including offenses that cover sexual touching of or contact with the intimate parts of the body, either directly or through the clothing.