Billy Joe Nelson GUILTY

A Coffee County Circuit Court jury needed a little over an hour to determine that a Tullahoma man was guilty of abducting and raping a Tullahoma woman Jan. 1, 2Guilty013.
The jury of eight women and four men found Billy Joe Nelson, 33, guilty of rape, carjacking, robbery, aggravated kidnapping with bodily injury and aggravated kidnapping with the threat of deadly weapon.
According to Coffee County Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder, Nelson faces a sentence of 15 to 55 years in prison for the conviction. He is to be sentenced June 30.
Nelson was charged with abducting the woman from the parking lot adjacent to a Manchester restaurant on Hillsboro Boulevard in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2013.
Special Judge Paul Summers, who heard the case due to the Coffee County Circuit Judges either knowing the victim or some of the witnesses, revoked Nelson’s bond and ordered him held until his June 30 sentencing. He is being held in the Coffee County Jail.