Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Woman At Knifepoint

By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News; Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
August 14, 2013

A Tallahassee man found guilty of holding a woman captive and sexually assaulting her will spend the rest of his life in prison for it.

Kevin Herrin was found guilty of seven felonies last week including kidnapping and sexual battery.

Herrin was arrested in February 2012. He was accused of tying up a woman, beating her with a bat and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint.

Arrest papers say he threatened to kill the woman and dropped her off at her home afterward.

Herrin was sentenced to three life sentences.

August 5, 2013

Jury selection begins today, August 5th, 2013, for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman while holding her captive at knifepoint.

32-year-old Kevin Herrin was released from jail in September of last year.

Court documents say Herrin brought a woman back to his mobile home in Tallahassee on February 28, 2012 To have sex. Once inside, documents say Herrin tied her up, beat her with a bat, and cut her with a knife.

Documents go onto say herrin dropped the woman off at her home after threatening to kill her and hide her body where no one would find it.

Stay with WCTV for the latest updates on this trial.

UPDATED 3.1.2012 11pm by Mike Springer

Linda Godwin has lived on Bruton Street for nearly five decades. But what she saw outside her door Wednesday (2-29-12) was a first. About eight U.S. Marshals and deputies had converged on her neighbor's home.

"I heard someone out back holler, 'Down, come out of the house now, U.S. Marshals' so I got dressed and went out my back door and there was cop cars all over this place," says Godwin.

They were looking for this man. 32-year-old Kevin Herrin. He faces multiple charges including sexual battery and false imprisonment.

"I was just a shock. I don't know what the guy done. But everyone says it must be pretty serious for US Marshals to be after him, " says Godwin.

Court documents say Herrin brought a woman back to his mobile home in Tallahassee Tuesday (2-28-12) to have sex. Once inside, documents say Herrin tied her up, beat her with a bat, sliced her with a knife. Documents go onto say Herrin dropped the woman off at her home after threatening to kill her and hide her body where no one would find it. Herrin then made his way up to Havana. And that's where US Marshals finally caught up with him, causing a commotion that worried some neighbors.

"I was concerned because it was so close to my house. And we do have a lot of elderly people living here in this neighborhood," says Godwin.

Herrin first court appearance is set for tomorrow.

UPDATED 3.1.2012 4pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is accused of a brutal sexual assault and it's not the first time he has topped our news.

32 year old Kevin Herrin is facing multiple felonies for an attack in Sandstone Ranch.

Kevin Herrin is accused of driving a woman to a mobile home on Wagon Trail Lane to have sex on Tuesday.

Once inside, arrest papers say, Herrin locked the door and proceeded to hit the woman with a baseball bat, tie her hands with duct tape and slice her repeatedly with a knife.

Arrest papers say Herrin threatened to kill her and hide her body where no one would ever find it.

Herrin later drove the woman home. Deputies met her at the hospital.

U.S. Marshals arrested Herrin Wednesday afternoon at a home on Bruton Road in Havana.

"I heard someone out back holler, 'Down, come out of the house now, U.S. Marshals' so I got dressed and went out my back door and there was cop cars all over this place," said Bruton Road neighbor Linda Godwin.

Marshals say Herrin slashed his wrists before surrendering.

It turns out Herrin is the same man accused of kidnapping a woman and her toddler outside a Highway 20 day care center nine years ago.

That story topped our newscast in the summer of 2003.

DOC records show Herrin has been to state prison twice for battery and robbery.

DOC records show he was released in September 2011 and was still on probation when he was arrested this time.

Leon Circuit Court records show Herrin refused to go before a judge this morning. His first appearance has been rescheduled for Friday.

Tallahassee, Florida - March 1, 2012 - by Julie Montanaro

A Leon County man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at knife point and holding her hostage for more than seven hours.

Kevin Herrin was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Gadsden County Wednesday. An LCSO spokesman says the assault took place the day before in a mobile home on the west-side of town.

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  • by lisa Location: georgia on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    To the victim/victims I was with him twice and really thought I loved him but things never changed no matter how many times he said they would or how much I wanted them to, I never put him In jail and I fought back we had a bad relationship but tht didn't change my feelings for him. Im sorry for all that y'all went through and I hope it gets better and I have always wished the best for Kevin, I was hoping this time he would grasp reality and move on for him his kids and family. Ill be praying for all the victims and for Kevin and his family im so sorry any of this had to happen. Good luck
  • by victim on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    I Just want to say Thanks to everyone for your prayers and thoughts I don't even read these posts any more. Its not good for me or my recovery, I would not wish this on anyone, what I went through, I feel like a couple of weeks ago I was begging and pleading for my life and now he is worried about his life. I wish this had not of happened to me or to him but Mostly to our kids. I pray for Kevin, as well as I pray for God to give me the ability to forgive him. I pray for God to stay with him and for him to turn to God. But all this Stuff being Said about my children is not right Patti I didn't post things about His daughter to bring any embarrassing to her and ya'lls family No I am not to blame in anyway Kevin did this. so I know your an angry person and need to feel like you have control to but talking about my children is wrong. I will pray for you as well.
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      by victim before you all on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM in reply to victim
      I have never condoned the actions of my son and have told every woman he was with to run not walk but run away. I do apologize for saying anything about any child and possibly ever hurting one. You know as well as I that his other child has issues from other things and you also know what I went through with his dad. No one is to blame for Kevin but KEVIN......HE IS NOW WHERE HE CAN DO NO MORE HARM TO ANY ONE AND FOR THAT THANK YOU GOD FOR AN ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS. I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST....
  • by lisa Location: georgia on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
    How in the hell did my name even get brought up into this..for Shelli & Patti, keep my name outta your mouth & minds. And for the record I never hurt a child and I feel sorry for those children for the fact that the same people that raised kevin is raising them...just imagine how that's turn out. I posted this cause Patti thought I had already posted and was scared. I dont want anything to do with any of you at all.
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      by someone who knows on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:24 PM in reply to lisa
      Lisa I totally agree with you. I think a bunch of thing should and will be changing when it comes to their so called family....DRAMA DRAMA and say things to make it sounds like something is so much worse then it really is
  • by Close friend to Kevins family on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    in reply to somebody that really loves the family. You are correct in saying that when you have a small child living with you they automatically call you mama and she continously corrects Him. I happened to know that Kevin and his brother call their grand father Daddy. They also called their grandmother mama for years before they changed to grandma. Since the father was never in the picture, phone calls, cards etc. they continue to this day to call him Daddy. It is a natural process, Any mental health person will tell you that. This has also been discussed with Kevin's son's counselor. We are all so worried about the 5 months presence his daddy has been around and now nothing. Please pray that all these precious children are able to climb above all of this, and that includes the victims 4 other children. They are all precious and deserve so much better.
  • by kkk Location: hangin in trees on Mar 4, 2012 at 10:41 PM
    he needs to be hung eye for an eye they will qiut this
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      by Stop enabling on Apr 7, 2012 at 02:00 AM in reply to kkk
      We need to end the check for conception program. Everyone needs to feed and clothe their own children.
  • by too scared Location: tally on Mar 4, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    I'm proof there are more than just 2 women this man was violent with. Probably many more....Just too scared to come forward, because of his threats and manipulation. Always thought it was me....cause that's what he said.
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      by ?????WHY on Mar 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM in reply to too scared
      Why are you too scared of is this just a lie. I mean he is not going to get out for a long, long time if at all. Come out with it......
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        by too scared on Mar 5, 2012 at 02:03 PM in reply to ?????WHY
        Would my word against his even matter? It was such a long time ago. I have no proof. I just pray for peace for his family and the victim's. Some of this article is too recognizable to believe the whole story was made up. Brings back some terrible memories. But who knows what is truth and what is not...Besides him&her. And I'm very thankful it wasn't me.
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          by Patti on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:35 AM in reply to too scared
          If this is Lisa you should be scared after what you did to his daughter. He did not abuse him you beat, tried to run him down with your car and your just a out right liar. I still have proof of what you did to my grand daughter and when she starts telling her counselor I hope they put you under a prison. You scared because of me not because of him, he isn't going anywhere.
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          by Shelli on Mar 8, 2012 at 06:42 PM in reply to too scared
          Yep.... Patti are u talking about the Lisa from ga?
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          by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 06:23 AM in reply to too scared
          they have alot of evidence, so you know seeing is beleiving, the pictures of the cuts and bruses is going to be hard to deny and the doctors statements he will be a fool to take this to trial... he better take a plea. I dont think they will force the victim to testify while he looks at her he still is even trying to contact her from jail and its been reported to the jail and states atty....he is just digging him self a deeper hole.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    Do not know who you are and could care less, you would believe my lunatic son he would lie quicker than to beat up a woman. He could not tell the truth if his life depended on it. I love this little innocent child more than that to run any risk of him not being here so if you are such a true friend get your facts straight. Coming from kevin they are not fact just figments of his warped mind.
  • by by stander on Mar 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    Patti Its seems you are very quick to judge how some one feels you cant say someone will not change. Or that they dont want want to just because you cant see the changes or the things they are working on.
  • by Abigail Herrin on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    To Patti, I am so sorry for what you are goin through and for all the hateful comments You have read, Everyone doesn't realize how much this is affecting our family too, Kevin's actions are not your fault, you did the best you could raising him and Chris. You are a great person, you have givin so much to both his kids. Kevin is my brother and yes he has a problem. everyone has a path to chose from in life and he chose the wrong one, it has nothing to do with the way he was raised! We all grew up without our father, But his blood still runs through our viens! My brother should pay the price for what he has done but his family shouldn't have to deal with all this hatred from so many people that don't even really know us. Love ya Patti!
  • by just fed up Location: tallahassee on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    OK, lets just stop.. who cares if the victim had a drug history, or mental history. who cares. a animal dont deserve to be treated that way. and any human sure dont either. who cares if she said something he didnt like, this is america anyone has a right to say what they want and not be hit beaten or tortured.
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      by fed up about fed up on Mar 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to just fed up
      What do you know about mental illness? Apparently not to much. When you are mentally ill you don't have the capacity to make a decision, evaluate it and decide if it's right or wrong. This young man is mentally ill, Iam not saying he was right in what he did but I don't believe he premeditated these actions. Iam not blaming the victim and most definitively not blaming his mother or family. Mental illness exists and must be treated or actions like this will continue.
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      by FED UP on Mar 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM in reply to just fed up
      What do you know about mental illness? Not to much apparently because someone who is mentally ill does not have the capacity to make a decision, evaluate it and carry through on it, especially when alcoholism and drug abuse is involved.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 06:26 AM in reply to just fed up
      just fed up I agree with you 100% but I must tell you Kevin had a drug addiction too many of them his family didnt even know about and I saw him with my own eyes....meth all kinds of things his smoke some in the house with his son and daughter while in his grandmothers house. does that mean its and excuse NO
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