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Man gets 36 years in prison for several Myers Park area rapes

Published: Mar. 30, 2011 at 7:11 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2011 at 7:21 PM EDT
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Gilbert McNair (Photo courtesy of the CMPD)
Gilbert McNair (Photo courtesy of the CMPD)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A serial rapist will spend at least the next 36 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this week to six rapes which occurred in Charlotte over an 8-year span.

Each of the rapes involved white females between the ages of 21 and 37.

Gilbert McNair, 56, was arrested on January 20, 2009, and initially charged with a dozen felonies relating to break-ins and rapes involving four victims.

Related: Read the original story about McNair's arrest

The oldest case occurred in June 1990 on Wakefield Drive. A second woman was raped on Crescent Avenue in June 1994. The third case occurred a year later in March 1995 on Emerson Drive. The fourth woman was raped in May 1997, also on Crescent Avenue.

While McNair was being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail on these charges, police were able to link him two additional rape cases.

The new cases involved rapes on Vail Avenue which occurred in June 1993 and June 1998.

McNair was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree sex offense, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree burglary, and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The trial involving each of these six cases began on Monday, March 28.

During pre-trial motions, McNair entered a guilty plea to all charges. He was sentenced to serve between 35 to 44.5 years in prison.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has reviewed more than 800 cases and these cases have resulted in 38 arrests which resulted in 26 convictions.

The CMPD Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit has one full-time detective as well as the assistance of two retired CMPD police detectives.

The detectives have been compensated by the Solving Cold Cases with DNA grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice, police said.

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