41 years later: Rape victim still deals with court

(WBIR-Jacksboro) On Monday, Sharon Taylor will once again be back in court in Knoxville. She'll hold a letter in her hand, addressed to Noah Lundy, the man convicted of raping her in 1973.

"I knew he would be up for parole, but I didn't exactly know the date," Taylor said.

More than four decades ago, Lundy was sentenced to 135 years in prison for the rape and other charges. Taylor said the judge "wanted to make an example out of him."

That letter will be Taylor's only address to the attacker, with the words "Why Me?" in question.

In the 1970s, the maximum someone could serve time with a rape charge was 120 years, and have to serve a minimum 30 percent. In the 1980s, the statutes changed to a maximum 60 years, with minimum 85 percent before parole consideration.

This meant earlier parole consideration in the past -- meaning Taylor could be back in court over and over for these hearings.

"The hardest part for me will be just seeing his face again -- even though he's going to be in Nashville and I'm going to be in Knoxville," said Taylor. "It disgusts me to even look at his face."

Lundy was last in front of a parole board in 2008.

Reporter's Note: 10News normally does not reveal a rape victim's identity. However, the victim came forward to WBIR, wanting to talk publicly about her case.


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