Cleotha Abston sentenced for 2021 rape

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 19, 2024 4:58 PM CT | Published: May 17, 2024 10:02 AM CT

Abston, 40, waived his right to a sentencing hearing and agreed to the 80-year sentence in Shelby County Criminal Court Division 7 Judge Lee Coffee’s courtroom Friday, May 17. 


Cleotha Abston public safety Judge Lee Coffee
Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Julia Baker covers Memphis and Shelby County’s law enforcement agencies and is a member of The Daily Memphian’s public safety reporting team. A lifelong Memphian, Julia graduated from the University of Memphis in 2021. Other publications and organizations she has written for include Chalkbeat, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent magazine and Memphis magazine.

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