Anthony Bunton was sentenced to serve 43 years in MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole. He will be 97-years-old when his sentence is up and will have served a total of at least 67 years of his life behind bars.
Just prior to his sentencing, Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Elumba recounted Bunton's terrifying history of brutally assaulting and raping women.
In 1987, he abducted a woman at the Wonderland train station in Revere and drove her car to highway rest stop. He dragged the woman into the woods and beat and raped her and left her in the woods.
"The victim had to use her fingers to open her eyes, as they were swollen shut after the beating, to find her way out of the woods. Two truckers found her crawling out of the woods severely beaten," Elumba told the court.
Bunton served 24 years in prison for the attack, which was not his first and would not be his last.
While in prison he bragged to a fellow inmate about raping and beating an 84-year-old Arkansas woman in an incident in which he was never charged, Elumba said.
Bunton allegedly told the inmate, " ‘She liked it. I didn't rape her. I did what she wanted me to do. What everybody wants me to do.’ He stated that he was not convicted on that ‘Because they just couldn't do their job and prove that I did it,’ " Elumba said.
Just three years after he was released from prison in 2014, he attacked the 24-year-old woman in Brockton.
Despite bleeding heavily from the back of her head she managed to escape and run out into the street in front of an ambulance. Paramedics tended to her and took her to the hospital. With several skull fractures, a broken jaw and other serious injuries, the woman was hospitalized for a month before being released.
The victim bravely testified during Bunton's trial at the end of September, but still has serious medical and mental issues she is left with.
"This was a horrific attack, particularly brutal, and the defendant has a history of committing such attacks. In this situation the court's duty is to remove the defendant from society so that it cannot possibly happen again," Judge Thomas Maguire said.
Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz was glad to see the heavy sentence.
"He got a significant sentence and he's a serial predator and he deserves to be removed from society and hopefully that's what happened today. We don't have the death penalty in Massachusetts but this sentence effectively takes the life out of him and I think that keeps us all safe," Cruz said.
BUNTON'S HORRIFYING HISTORY WITH WOMEN
While being sentenced to serve 43 years in prison Friday for brutally raping and beating a woman with a baseball bat, prosecutor Jessica Elumba detailed to the court Tony Bunton’s horrific history of assaulting and raping women.
TWO VICTIMS IN TWO DAYS
On July 11, 1983, Tony Bunton was riding a bicycle with a knife in his hand. He saw a woman walking down the street and attacked her and attempted to abduct her but the woman was able to fight him off of her and escape. She reported the incident to the police.
The next day, he came across another woman who was walking down the street. He grabbed by the throat and dragged her into nearby bushes. He forced her to the ground and began kissing and fondling her. He threatened to hurt her if she did not stop crying and struggling. Both victims were able to positively Bunton as their attacker. He was convicted of unarmed robbery, assault with intent to rape and assault and battery. He was sentenced to serve 20 years for robbery and 5 years for assault and battery.
RELEASED EARLY TO ATTACK AGAIN
By 1987 Bunton had already been released from prison despite receiving a 20 year prison sentence. A woman left her car at the Wonderland train stop in Revere to go to work. When she got back in her car after work and put the keys in the ignition, Bunton struck her over the head, forced his way into the car and drove to a highway rest stop. He took her out of the car, dragged her into the woods, he raped her and brutally beat her.
"The victim had to use her fingers to open her eyes, as they were swollen shut after the beating, to find her way out of the woods. Two truckers found her crawling out of the woods severely beaten," Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Elumba said.
Bunton drove the victim's car back to the parking lot where he abducted her and fled the area. He stole items from her car such as a Sony Walkman and a gold necklace. Police found some of the stolen items in his apartment and others that he had pawned off.
"He told the detective that he was angered from being fired from a job. He stated that he remembered sitting in a parking lot and 'seeing a crime of opportunity,' " Elumba said.
He was convicted of rape, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. He served 24 years.
‘SHE LIKED IT. I DIDN'T RAPE HER. I DID WHAT SHE WANTED ME TO DO.’
While serving the 24 year prison sentence he revealed to his parole officer that he had committed sex acts in the past and was never arrested. The Massachusetts Parole Board learned from a prosecuting attorney in Arkansas that a 84-year-old woman positively identified Bunton as her assailant, Elumba said.
"She reported that she had been severely beaten about the head and the neck and believed that she was raped. She remembered being choked and having worn a blue checkered woven dress at the beginning of the assault. When she awoke some three hours later she was wearing a pink nightgown that had blood all over it," Elumba said.
He told a fellow inmate "She liked it. I didn't rape her. I did what she wanted me to do. What everybody wants me to do. He stated that he was not convicted on that because they just couldn't do their job and prove that I did it."
SHE NEEDED 400 STITCHES
On Dec. 10, 2014, a 24-year-old woman was attacked by Bunton behind a building on North Montello Street in Brockton. She was raped and struck repeatedly in the the back of the head with a baseball bat and was bleeding profusely from wounds that required 400 stitches. Bunton was sentenced to serve 43 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on Oct. 5.
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