Jayvon Woolfork has been openly defiant and insistent that he was innocent in the gang rape and beating of a Hollywood teen, but on Monday, a jury didn't agree and found him guilty of sexual battery and kidnapping.
In 2013, Woolfork and four other teens — two girls and two boys — invited the victim to a house in the 1600 block of McKinley Street and eventually began demanding that she have sex with Woolfork, according to police reports. When she refused, the girls, Patricia Montes and Erica Avery, both 17, attacked the victim and beat her. One of them smashed the girl's head against a concrete stoop and then threw her down a stairway. The victim had her clothes torn off and was dragged by her hair.
New Times chronicled the heinous crime in a feature story in March 2014. The attack was caught on a cell-phone video and uploaded to Facebook, where the victim was taunted by Montes, who wrote, "You're a hoe. Stop trynna act like a saint."
At the time of the attack, the victim reportedly begged Montes and Avery to stop beating her, but the girls said they wouldn't stop until she agreed to have sex with Woolfork, who was 18 at the time.
The beating continued until her eyes swelled shut and she bled from her ear, and she was dragged into the bedroom and held down by the others while Woolfork raped her, according to a police report.
The victim was eventually found wandering the streets and was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, where she was treated for broken bones in her face and multiple bruises on her body.
In May, Montes and Avery, along with the other two boys involved in the incident, Lanel Singleton, 19, and Dwight Henry, 18, took plea deals, pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery and one count of kidnapping each.
Avery and Montes were both sentenced to four years in prison. Singleton, meanwhile, was sentenced to four years in prison as a youthful offender plus two years of probation, while Henry was sentenced to two years in prison as a youthful offender, plus four years of probation and time served.
Singleton and Henry will also have to register as sexual predators.
But Woolfork, 20, who was the one who had sex with the victim, according to police, had turned down plea deals and insisted that the sex was consensual.
Woolfork had even become verbally belligerent with Broward Circuit Judge Lisa Porter in June when turning down a plea deal and demanding proof of his guilt.
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"What evidence do you have?" Woolfork said at the time. "Where's the evidence at? Where's the DNA? Where's the so-called video they have? What evidence do you have? Let me know."
Woolfork also reportedly shouted out a string of obscenities.
One of the plea deals he was offered would have sent Woolfork to prison for ten years, and another deal would have sent him to prison for 15. But he insisted to go on trial and even took the stand in his own defense to repeat the claim that the sex was consensual.
Now, after being found guilty, Woolfork is facing a maximum of life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for sometime in October.