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Convicted rapist escapes Chesterfield courtroom during deliberation

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Posted at 11:15 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 08:25:40-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A man convicted of rape was on the loose after he escaped during jury deliberation, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office.

Following a two-day jury trial, John Irvin, 48, failed to return to the courtroom when the court reconvened on Wednesday.

In his absence, the jury found Irvin, who was out on bond, guilty of rape and recommended a sentence of five years and one day in prison.

The Circuit Court judge presiding revoked Irvin's bond and issued a capias for his arrest for fleeing from the court.

Video from the courthouse showed Irvin last seen walking through the wood line onto Route 10.

Chesterfield Sheriff's Office deputies said Irvin turned himself into authorities Friday morning after he called dispatchers and told them where he would be located.

John Irvin

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