Suggs convicted of raping daughter

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 12, 2003

Victor Suggs of Dozier, Ala., was convicted of rape first degree and sodomy first degree on Thursday by a jury in Butler County Circuit Court. Sentencing is set for August 7.

Suggs, former operator of Victor’s Seafood in Georgiana, was charged last year for sexual offenses against his then nine-year-old daughter that took place sometime around Thanksgiving 2001, while Suggs lived in Georgiana.

Butler County District Attorney John Andrews was pleased with the conviction.

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&uot;Anyone who does what this guy did to his own daughter has no redeeming social value whatsoever,&uot; Andrews said. &uot;He needs to be off the streets, and luckily, he will be for a very long time. I’m going to ask the judge to give him the maximum, which is life for each case. And I’m going to ask him to run them consecutively, he doesn’t ever need to be back on the streets.&uot;

Andrews said Suggs still faces similar charges in Covington County, and he will be conferring with the Covington County district attorney this weekend to advise her of Suggs’ most recent convictions.

Suggs pleaded guilty in March to rape second degree and possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 15 years on the rape charge, of which he is currently serving one year, with five years of supervised probation.

He also was sentenced to five years on the possession of controlled substance charge.

He is serving one year for that charge with five years supervised probation.

The district attorney said he felt the case centered around the daughter’s testimony.

&uot;I think it boiled down to the jury believing her,&uot; Andrew said. &uot;It’s cases like this that make prosecution worthwhile; you feel like you accomplish something. You’ve gotten someone who needs to be off the street, off the street. I felt good about it.&uot;