Man convicted of raping woman at knife point gets life in prison

Kenneth Garner, 35, sentenced Thursday by Bexar County jury


SAN ANTONIO – A man convicted of raping a Bexar County woman at knife point has been sentenced to life in prison.

Kenneth Garner, 35, was sentenced by a jury Thursday afternoon in the 227th District Court after he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon.

The crime happened in May 2013, when the victim had just been released from the Bexar County Jail.

According to the District Attorney's Office, the victim asked Garner if she could use his phone, and he told her she had to use it in the car because it was plugged into the charger. While she was inside the car, Garner pulled out a knife and drove her to an alley where he assaulted her.

The woman said Garner went through all her belongings and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone. Police later spotted the car Garner was driving and tried to pull him over, but they said he bailed out in a ditch and ran away.

According to investigators, the car had been stolen from a woman Garner had met a few days before. They said he left his three children behind with the car's owner. The woman eventually tracked down the children's mother through Facebook.

Garner was arrested six months later. He had a prior conviction for deadly conduct with a firearm and chose not to participate in the sentencing, the District Attorney's Office said.

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