Mississippi man convicted in Tennessee rapes

Published 5:57 pm Friday, May 17, 2019

(AP) — A Mississippi man has been convicted in federal court in Memphis of raping or trying to rape seven women between 2008 and 2015.

The jury found Michael D. Love of Horn Lake guilty on Wednesday following a six-day trial.

Prosecutors say Love chose some victims at random from streets in nearby Memphis while others agreed through social media and chat websites to meet Love.

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After kidnapping the victims, the 45-year-old would rape and abandon them in deserted areas without wallets and phones.

Prosecutors say a sample of Love’s DNA was taken after an arrest in 2015, leading to his arrest after it matched evidence taken from victims.

Love is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 15. He faces up to life in prison. He faces additional charges in Tennessee state court.