Assault victim speaks out after jury's sentence for the rape of 82-year-old woman

News 12 at 6 o'clock / July 25, 2016

JOHNSTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Edward Chandler faces 60 years in prison for robbing and raping an 82-year-old woman, and just a few years ago, he was in court for a similar incident, but found not guilty. News 12 sat down with the man that first accused Chandler back in 2012.

"My life is a lot better today than it was this time last week," said Roger Lamb.

When Roger Lamb woke up this morning, he felt different.

"I feel like a 100lb weight has been lifted off my shoulders," said Lamb.

The feeling came from hearing a jury sentence Edward Chandler to 60 years in prison after he robbed and raped an 82-year-old woman.

"I still cry when i think about what he did to that poor lady though. That did not have to be," said Lamb.

The case hit Lamb hard. Chandler is the same man he said robbed and assaulted him. He knew Chandler because he was his yard man, but the jury found Chandler not guilty.

"The criminal who had assaulted me and was on trial at this time had reportedly told people around town that he talked his way out of the first trial which was the one I was involved in, and that he would talk his way out of this one, and I was very apprehensive that he would do that," explained Lamb.

This crime unfolded in an all too familiar way. There was a knock on the door. Chandler reportedly asked to use both the victims phones, people he knew, and then, forced his way into their homes, allegedly assaulting Lamb and raping the woman. Now, Chandler will face 60 years behinds bars, but Lamb said, it's a sentence that came four years too late.

"Yes. This is justice. It's justice bit late in that someone else had to be hurt, but yes, it's justice," said Lamb.

Now that Chandler is behind bars for good, Lamb's life is a lot different.

"Go back to enjoying my retirement," said Lamb.

That something that wasn't possible while Chandler was out roaming the streets.

"The world is a little brighter today, and the streets of Johnston are a little safer," said Lamb.

A jury found Chandler guilty on four counts: first degree burglary, strong arm robbery, criminal sexual assault, and kidnapping. He's not eligible for parole until he serves at least 51 years.