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Brown will serve 30 years for rape conviction

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By Ava Wilhite
awilhite@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Marion Brown Jr., 23, sat in court Thursday, with nurses behind him in case of an emergency.

Shortly after the sentencing hearing began, Brown's victim shared her testimony of what life is like for her after this violent crime.

"Because of this defendant and the choices he made on May 23, 2010, I'm forever in fear," said the woman.

Brown sat and listened as the woman who identified him as her rapist continued to speak.

"I was in a highly populated parking lot in a good part of town when I was carjacked, kidnapped, and repeatedly sexually assaulted in broad daylight. This was the worst day of my life and my family's life," said the woman.

In 2011, Brown was arrested after investigators used a DNA database to connect him to the crime.

Brown pleaded guilty to two more charges including kidnapping and grand larceny. He was sentenced to 30 years as part of a plea deal.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson says the victim waited patiently to confront Brown after he appeared to suffer a seizure during the first hearing.

"I think it was another part of the roller coaster ride she faced. She did a great job addressing him, addressing the court and letting the public know what she had been through," said Wilson.

Wilson says it was important for her to have the last word.

"I am not a victim, I am a survivor, I have overcome this," said the woman.  

Brown did apologize to the victim in court. He will receive credit for time served.

Brown is also serving a 12-year prison sentence for crimes committed in Georgia.

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