Convicted felon, Thomas Lawton Evans, Tuesday pled guilty to kidnapping and raping a four-year-old girl in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina.
Evans, a 37-year-old career criminal with a history of sexual assaults, also admitted to killing his girlfriend, Sharon Nannette Hayden, days before he kidnapped the little girl
Next chosing his next victims at random, he followed a mother and her four-year-old daughter back to their home near Charleston on Feb 13
He savagely beat the woman and kidnapped her young daughter, the beating was so severe the mother had to be hospitalized for facial fractures,
Evans fled across state lines and raped the girl before she was rescued by cops
39-year-old Hayden has been missing since she disappeared in February and prosecutors say the suspect admitted to feds he stabbed Hayden in a fight in her Spartanburg County home
Her body has never been recovered and Evans hasn’t been charged in her death
His current guilty plea deal encompassed charges of kidnapping, transportation of a minor to engage in sexual activity and aggravated sexual abuse
He faces 30 years to life in prison at sentencing for his current conviction
After conviction in federal court, Evans still faces several state charges, including attempted murder, for the savage attack on the mother and daughter
Psychopath: Thomas Lawton Evan 37, pled guilty on Tuesday to kidnapping and raping a child. Then volunteered that he also committed murder, a few days before the kidnapping
A man who pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to kidnapping a four-year-old girl from her home and sexually assaulting her also told investigators he killed his girlfriend days earlier, prosecutors said.
Thomas Lawton Evans, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to kidnapping, transportation of a minor to engage in sexual activity and aggravated sexual abuse in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina.
He faces 30 years to life in prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
A twist came in court when prosecutors said Evans acknowledged killing his 39-year-old girlfriend, Sharon Nannette Hayden, days before the kidnapping.
Evans told FBI agents he stabbed Hayden in a fight in her Spartanburg County home, prosecutors said.
Her body has never been recovered and Evans hasn’t been charged in her death.
Spartanburg County deputies referred all questions to the FBI. Supervisory Special Agent Donald Wood said his agency does not discuss its investigations.
Hayden’s car was found at the Johns Island home near Charleston where the child’s kidnapping took place, authorities said.
Prosecutors said Evans chose his next victims at random, following a mother and her four-year-old daughter back to their home near Charleston on February 13 and beating the mother so severely she had to be hospitalized for facial fractures.
Evans, meanwhile, drove west with the girl. Railroad workers called police after finding them sleeping in a car in Riverside, Alabama, and Evans handed an officer the girl then sped off, according to authorities.
He was arrested later after a police chase in Mississippi, authorities said.
Evans still faces several state charges, including attempted murder, for the attack on the mother and daughter.
He was arrested in 2000 and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Police said he assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was 19. At the time he wasn’t required to register as a sex offender because he pled guilty to a lesser charge.
In 2002, Evans was accused of robbery when he and another man grabbed a woman in downtown Charleston and attempted to snatch her purse. He was convicted of strong armed robbery and served two years probation.